Harold Lloyd on location for THE FRESHMAN

With silent film locations expert John Bengtson

Some of Harold’s 90,000 extras at Cal's Memorial Stadium

In his latest post to the Silent Locations blog, silent film locations expert and author John Bengtson tackles The Freshman, which will screen at the Castro Theatre opening night of our 22nd SFSFF, June 1, at 7:00 pm, with live accompaniment by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.

Bengtson writes: "College enrollment soared after World War I, nearly doubling during the 1920s, while a new style of red‐blooded sports journalism, and the advent of radio, and live-game broadcasts, turned college football into a national obsession. With his winning personality, leading man looks, and team of clever gag writers, Lloyd was the perfect comedy star to bring the college craze to the big screen..."

Read more about how Lloyd blended footage from three stadiums—the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum—to make silent-era football come alive.