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A Brief History of Hollywood

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A Brief History of Hollywood

A Brief History of Hollywood
  • USA
  • 2020
  • 9 minutes
  • Documentary Film

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A billboard. Simply a billboard.

Long before it became the symbol of the movie industry, the Hollywood Sign had another, more prosaic purpose — an (admittedly blockbuster-sized) advertisement for a housing development. Over the years, of course, the world took notice, and the status of the former Hollywoodland Sign evolved, as did the film industry that the soon-to-be Hollywood Sign came to represent. Beyond the show business iconography, however, the story of the Hollywood Sign — its ups & downs, modifications, decay, and reconstruction — is a reflection of the times, the story of a town, an industry, a country.

A Brief History of Hollywood interweaves these two histories, visually and aurally overlaying the advances in Hollywood filmmaking over a simulated time lapse of the life and times of the Hollywood Sign, two stories perpetually and irrevocably intertwined. Sometimes a sign is not simply a sign.