Hollywood is the place where the United States’ motion pictures and television industries have most of their studios and offices. It is situated in the north-west of Los Angeles, California. It has many attractions for the film industry. It has an ideal climate, sunny and mild with varied terrain.
In 1908, one of its first feature films ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ was completed. It shot in Chicago. In addition, by the end of 1911, more than 15 film-producing companies had sprung up in the area. Among the famous people in the Hollywood before the World War I have been Charlie Chaplin, Samuel Goldwyn, Douglas Fairbanks and Cecil B. de Mille. The 20th Century – Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, Columbia, Warner Brothers etc. were among its greatest film companies.
However, with the advent of talkie many famous stars of the silent era virtually forced to retire. However, the greatest threat to Hollywood came with the introduction of television in the late 1940s. Many film companies had to pull down their shutters. Moreover, this brought a great change in Hollywood. By the early 60 s Hollywood had been supplying about 80% of the programs to the U.S. television network.
Today Hollywood is not only the centre of motion picture industries but also of the television film and recording industries of America.
Hollywood is the largest film industry in the factor of total revenue and second largest in total ticket collection, total film release. The films releasing worldwide with the High screens, no matter, today’s Hollywood includes high technology to their Studios.
The picture shown is from D.W. Griffith’s epic film ‘Intolerance’. It has made in about 1916 and generally accepted by film critics and the public as one of the greatest classics of all times.
One adobe hut stood in Nopalera, called for the Mexican Nopal cactus indigenous to the area in 1853. By 1870, an agricultural community bloomed in the area with thriving crops of many usual and alien varieties. These occupants knew the area as the Cahuenga Valley, after the pass in the Santa Monica Mountains instantly to the north. Soon thenceforth, land conjecture led to subdivision of the large plots and an inflow of householders.
Some of the other highlights of Hollywood are the Hollywood Bowl (a natural amphitheater), the Pilgrimage Play Amphitheater and Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the California Art Club.
Source by Rakesh Belliappa