Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916 ... The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
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Hollywood & Highland Center's design is based on the ... Hollywood & Highland Center's design is based on the Babylon set from the 1916 film 'Intolerance'
Hollywood & Highland Center's design is based on the Babylon set from the 1916 film 'Intolerance' Editors Note This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been updated with the most recent information Intolerance If youve been to the Hollywood & Highland Center and have a working knowledge of silent film history you may have noticed that the hulking malls design has been lifted with mixed success from the Babylon set in DW Griffiths 1916 epic Intolerance An influential and ruinously expensive feat of filmmaking in which Griffith calls out critics of his previous film The Birth of a Nation as the real racists it interweaves tales of intolerance from ancient Babylon the life of Christ Renaissance France and thenmodern America Thats pretty weird right What kind of mind came up with that In a posthumous essay just published at the Paris Review late science fiction author Ray Bradbury says it was his idea Intolerances Babylon set was built on a stilldirt Sunset Boulevard at Hollywood site today of the Vista Theatre and it was both carefully researched though Griffith insisted on the totally inappropriate elephants and enormous in Kevin Brownlows book The Parades Gone By secondunit director Joseph Henabery describes the scale The walls of Babylon were ninety feet high The walls were about the same height as the columns on which the elephants were erected it is safe to estimate the overall height at one hundred and forty feet At its widest point the tower structure was forty feet He adds that Altogether we spent little more than a couple of hours on the scene Intolerance flopped There was no money left to dismantle the set and for a few years it became an actual ruin in the middle of Los Angeles It was finally torn down in 1919 In his essay at the Paris Review Bradburywho led a campaign in the early 1960s to build a monorail system in Los Angeleswrites about his career as an accidental architect influencing designs for the 1964 Worlds Fair EPCOT and strangely enough the Glendale Galleria In 1970 Bradbury wrote a Los Angeles Times article called The Girls Walk This Way The Boys Walk That Way Galleria architect Jon Jerde later told him We based our building of the Glendale Galleria completely on what you wrote in that article He says he also came up with the food court at Westfield Century City I told them how to make it more socialthey had to put out two hundred tables and chairs and parasols There had to be twenty or thirty more restaurants and the movie theater there Eventually a group came to him looking at ways to rebuilt Hollywood I told them that somewhere in the city they had to build the set from the 1916 film Intolerance by D W Griffith Intolerance The set with its massive wonderful pillars and beautiful white elephants on top now stands at the corner of Hollywood and Highland avenues People from all over the world come to visit all because I told them to build it I hope at some time in the future they will call it the Bradbury Pavilion The Hollywood & Highland Center opened in late 2001 at the beginning of what has become a wildly successful rebirth for Hollywood EE&K designed the complex with a grand stairway leading up to a Babylon Court with a replica Intolerance gate which frames the Hollywood Sign in the distance and of course a few elephants The replica Intolerance gate Shutterstock comBut Bradbury who was working on this essay up until his death in 2012 didnt think that was enough He wanted a giant gold monument to mark Hollywood and Vine and to revive the old theaters along Hollywood Boulevard And he wanted to build a library with a great Egyptian mummy out front who asks visitors where they want to go and then sounds them down a hole to their destination where theyll also be serviced by talking mummies Bradburys own house in Cheviot Hills was pretty unremarkable Its just been torn down by architect Thom Mayne who says he hopes to build a prototype for a new kind of Southern California house 100 W Broadway Glendale CA