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August 2010

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Catching Hollywood

The front entrance to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Yep, that's a stock shot if there ever was one, the front entrance to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the ghost of Montgomery Clift haunts the seventh floor and the ghost of Marilyn Monroe flits about here and there, or so they say. It's all in the framing. But the red light and blue sign and the green palm in glass make a nice composition. It'll do. And on this day someone is shouting a movie or a television show or a commercial or something here gaffers and grips and booms and deflection scrims and thick blue cable everywhere. The late summer tourists gawk at it all, and read this sign. Maybe they'll be in a movie! Or maybe they wonder why the production company's legal staff can't spell.

Filming notice at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Across the street the tourists at Grauman's Chinese Theater are putting their hands and feet in the impressions of the hands and feet of long-dead movie stars in the cement courtyard paving stones, elbowing each other aside and chattering away in Japanese and German, and in the flat-vowel nasal English of Iowa taking pictures of each other to show others back home. Those of us who have lived here for twenty years sometime drop by to watch at listen it's cultural anthropology, and for those fascinated by language, endlessly fascinating. But we see other things.

Scrim at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boule
Scrim at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boule
Chinese Temple Dog at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Chinese Temple Dog at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard
Dragon Wall at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard

Down the street the pigeons have rendered their judgment on Stella Adler the woman who taught Marlon Brando everything he knew about acting "You can't be boring. Life is boring. The weather is boring. Actors must not be boring." The pigeons have had their say about that.

Marquee at the Stella Adler Theater, Hollywood Boulevard

The Obama plays

Marquee at the Stella Adler Theater, Hollywood Boulevard

Acting these days a billboard for "Nikita"

Billboard for "Nikita" - Hollywood and Highland Center
Billboard for "Nikita" - Hollywood and Highland Center

All this can get to you. In fact, Faulkner and Fitzgerald and Hemingway used to drink right here. They drank heavily. It had something to do with ending up in Hollywood, if just for a time, knocking out a screenplay or two. Faulkner and Hemingway were just passing through of course. Fitzgerald stayed, and died out here, his Gatsby fame far in the past, and his Paris of the twenties just a hazy memory. But all three got pie-eyed at Musso and Frank on the boulevard.

"Martini Bar Open Late" - sign at Musso and Frank on Hollywood Boulevard

It has to do with feeling you don't fit in. This is the World's Tallest Man at the Guinness Book of World Records museum on the boulevard. This guy has been there forever. And, oddly, he speaks to those of us who live here.

World's Tallest Man figure at the Guinness Book of World Records museum on Hollywood Boulevard
World's Tallest Man figure at the Guinness Book of World Records museum on Hollywood Boulevard
World's Tallest Man figure at the Guinness Book of World Records museum on Hollywood Boulevard

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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