Read the text and choose the best answer (A–D) to complete the sentences (1–4).
In the hills above Los Angeles, you can see an image that is familiar to millions: tall,
white letters spelling “HOLLYWOOD.” It is a famous symbol of the world’s movie
capital. However, Hollywood wasn’t always so well known. In 1853, only a single mud
hut stood there. Two decades later, the area just west of Los Angeles was a farming
community. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the film industry arrived and changed
In film’s early days, most movies were made in New Jersey on the US east coast.
However, bad weather and limited sunlight made making movies there difficult. Added
to this was the fact that Thomas Edison had patents in the east on most filmmaking
technology, and getting permission to use it was expensive. In the west, however, these
patents were rarely obeyed. In 1910, director D.W. Griffith arrived in Los Angeles to
film the short movie In Old California. He loved filming there and quickly spread the
word of this great location. Cecil B. DeMille, one of the all-time greatest directors,
filmed The Squaw Man in Hollywood in 1914. It was the west coast’s first full-length
movie, a huge success, and the reason why the film industry never left California again.
Hollywood has since grown a lot, adding famous movie studios and becoming the
center of the motion picture world. Less well known is a film editing company called
Hollywood Digital Laboratory. When it first opened its doors in 1911, it was called
Hollywood Film Laboratory. As Hollywood’s oldest operating film company, the small
building is a different kind of Hollywood landmark showing how the town began years
ago and how far it has come since then.
Prior to becoming a place to make films, Hollywood was ... .
Aagricultural land Cstrictly governed
Bknown as Los Angeles Dlocated on the east coast
2. Which of the following is FALSE about early filmmaking?
AThe industry became successful on the west coast.
BThe light on the east coast was inferior to that of the west.
CFilmmakers moved production to Hollywood for many reasons.
DAll films were made on the American east coast.
3. The film “The Squaw Man” was ... .
Athe first film ever made
Bthe first silent movie
Cthe west coast’s first full-length movie
Dthe first cartoon
4. Why does the article mention Hollywood Digital Laboratory?
AIt shows how famous Hollywood is now.
BIt is still Hollywood’s only film laboratory.
CIt is notable in the history of Hollywood.
DIt is more important than the big movie studios.
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