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Friday, Mar 18, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
by Leo Braudy
Slate (17 March 2011)

“How an advertisement for a housing development came to represent the movies…. The Hollywood sign may be unique among American icons. It is a landmark whose white block letters are familiar around the world as the prime symbol of the movies. Day after day, tourists with cameras wander into surrounding Griffith Park or troll up and down the streets of the Hollywood Hills, looking to position themselves for the best possible angle on the sign. More than any other sight in Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign in the background of your photo proves you were really there. To moviegoers and so many others, the sign represents the earthly home of that other­wise ethereal world of fame, stardom, and celebrity.”


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