Frank Thompson is an acclaimed film historian and author with more than forty books and hundreds of articles, interviews and reviews to his credit. He has also worked as a writer for television, contributed commentary to various DVDs, and has produced, written and/or directed several documentaries. Thompson, we are also pleased to note, was also one of the very first author-guests at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival! He appeared at the Festival in 1997 to sign copies of his then recently published book, Lost Films: Important Movies That Disappeared (Citadel), an examination of 27 silent films that likely will never be seen again.
Recently, Thompson started a new venture - "The Commentary Track," a weekly podcast featuring conversations with leading film historians, archivists, actors and filmmakers on all aspects of film history. Each of these freely available podcasts last about an hour; in them, Thompson and his guests swap Hollywood stories and celebrate the great movies – and movie makers – of the 20th Century.
Thompson, who has also penned books on William Wellman, Henry King, Robert Wise and early film-making in Texas, has an obvious love for early Hollywood. And that's just what some of his guests - like Kevin Brownlow, Rudy Behlmer, John Bengtson, Marilyn Moss and others - have been discussing on "The Commentary Track." (Others, like Carl Davis and Randy Skretvedt will be heard in the coming weeks.)