Archive for March 6th, 2014
Hollywood is a Magnificent Journey for Los Angeles Tour
The most expensive film of its time, D.W. Griffith’s INTOLERANCE, was composed of four separate stories woven into the 1916 silent masterpiece. The massive set shown above (more than 4 city blocks) represented just one of those stories and was set in Babylon. Built on Griffith’s studio it remained erect for many years after the film was complete. While still regarded as a masterwork by the great director the film at the time bombed and resulted in financial difficulties for its studio. However, the film was influential in the careers of many up-and-coming directors and set the direction for modern filmmaking.
While the old set is long gone now (a television studio stands where the studio lot once was), design elements of the famed set can be seen at the Hollywood & Highland Center, a modern outdoor shopping and entertainment facility in the heart of Hollywood. Almost all of our private Los Angeles tours visit the mall to marvel at the giant archway and columns and to experience the Road to Hollywood within it along with the Casting Couch sculpture and a lovely view of the Hollywood Sign. The nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame leads our groups nearby to Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater and to other major Hollywood sights in this part of town.