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Hollywood: The American Dream HST 202 Section 07 Austin Varner
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California, known as the Golden State, has always been portrayed as a place for living the “good life.” Hollywood has taken a huge part in this view. As once said by the stars of the gaudiest illumination, “There is a certain sort of place in America that is often referred to as a ‘state of mind.’ Cape Cod, New Orleans, the Florida Keys. They are both real and imaginary; they transcend. They exist on the ground and in the head. But however fanciful these other enclaves may be, there is one that surpasses all: Hollywood. The word conjures images of soundstage and Sunset Strip, of nightclubs and all sorts of naughtiness, of movie palaces and extraordinary people.” A song by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Californication,” shows how Hollywood attempts to paint a picture of the life of a person living in California. When it comes to entertainment, people have always looked to Hollywood. From actors, to musicians, to movies, to music, Hollywood has made the life of a Californian out to be living a dream. The history of Hollywood can be traced back to 1853, where one adobe hut stood on the foundation of what later would become the city of countless movie studios and stars. In the 1880’s a couple by the name of Harvey and Daeida Wilcox moved to Los Angeles from Topeka and bought 160 acres of land in the countryside west of the city. In 1883, Mrs. Wilcox returned to the city from a vacation and named their land “Hollywood,” after meeting with an acquaintance who spoke of her homeland with such a name. By 1900, the city, called Cahuenga, grew to a population of 500 and had several new establishments including a post office, a hotel, and two markets. In 1910 a director by the name of D. W. Griffith was sent to the west coast to film a movie. He and his cast started filming in various places throughout Downtown Los Angeles before ending up in the town of Hollywood. From 1908 to 1913, movies were
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short, usually between 30-40 minutes. This movie, named In Old California, was the first short movie ever to be shot in Hollywood. After that, a few more movies were produced by this director before returning to New York. In 1911, the first film studio of Hollywood was opened by the Nestor Company on the corner of Sunset and Gower. By 1914, many movie-makers had immigrated to the west, specifically Los Angeles and Hollywood, and the first ever feature film was produced. The Squaw Man , running over forty minutes long, marked the official start of the Hollywood movie industry. The song “Californication” makes a reference to Hollywood Boulevard in the
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2008 for the course HST 202 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '07 term at Cal Poly Pomona.

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