Thursday, October 8, 2020

Then and Now: If Walls Could Talk

Have you ever walked into an old house and wondered about the stories the walls could tell if they could talk? Or imagine the tales the trees in a forest could spin we spoke their language? Or, better yet, the locations in Hollywood that were silent witnesses to genius?

In my previous post I challenged myself to keep my eye out for Chaplin sightings and...voila! John Bengston of has created this amazing video of this very unassuming little Hollywood alley. Take a look: 

Not just Chaplin's "The Kid," not just Keaton's "Cops," but Lloyd's "Safety Last"! Oh, if only that little alley could talk.

And just for some added fun, imagine if the ground could tell you about this wild car chase!

Well, here's a then-and-now of almost every shot of his amazing ride:

Thank you, John, for this fascinating look at Hollywood history that is still there if you know where to look.


Silver Screenings said...

Whoa! Amazing how such a relatively small piece of real estate could be so influential in film. Thanks for sharing this.

FlickChick said...

Amazing, right? I love this stuff.

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