Posts Tagged ‘silent film’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 28 October 2015

The King of Malls in Hollywood

The giant arch at Hollywood & Highland

Our Luxury Tour Guests Cannot Believe What They See – But It Is Hollywood

One of the most interesting malls anyone will visit in the U.S. is Hollywood & Highland right in the heart of tinsel town.  Designed with a giant archway and two towering columns topped with sitting elephants this relic from ancient history has restaurants, cafés, stores and attractions that any shopping mall would be expected to have.  The physical surroundings transport its visitors, and our private Los Angeles tour guests, to another time – the earliest days of Hollywood.  In 1916, barely a mile down Hollywood Boulevard, film director D.W. Griffith built a tremendous set to be a part of his epic An elephant-topped column at Hollywood & HighlandIntolerance: Love’s Struggles Throughout the Ages.  Set in Babylon and starring Lillian Gish, the film piece had to accommodate thousands of people around and on top of the giant structures.  Chariots, flaming pyres, ancient armament and uniforms filled the screen.  When the filming was concluded the set remained for a considerable time and was something of a sightseeing destination for visitors to Hollywood back in those days.  The film set is long gone today and the production lot is now part of a television studio and recording facility.  The Hollywood & Highland architects incorporated structures designed to pay tribute to that great film and the history of movies.  There is so much more to see and enjoy when visiting Hollywood & Highland be sure to have a private tour guide (with a camera) with you when you visit.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 6 March 2014

Reminder of Intolerance in Hollywood

The set of D.W. Griffith's INTOLERANCE (1916)

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.

Hollywood & Highland Center

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