Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Stolen: Six-Foot Monument Honoring Hollywood’s First Film

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you come across a six-foot- tall black granite sculpture of an old-fashioned movie camera anytime soon, the Los Angeles police will want to talk with you.

The granite movie camera was installed last year near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine in Hollywood to mark the site of the first film made in Tinsel Town back in 1910.

The film was a latino-themed feature called In Old California and was produced by the Biograph Company, one of the first major film studios.

The 2800-pound granite monument to the film has been missing since last Saturday (Apr. 23) and now all that remains is some rebar.

Biograph executive Frank Marks admits some people were miffed by the statue’s placement last year because, as he puts it, “Some people falsely claim that a 1913 film called The Squaw Man was the first film shot in Hollywood and don’t like that we’re rewriting history.”

If you see anyone with a six-foot-tall movie camera sculpture, Marks hopes you contact the L.A. police so the statue can be returned to its proper home.

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