“It was high time,” laughed Tom Hanks as he announced his inauguration for next week.
Incredible but true, the city of Los Angeles did not yet have a museum dedicated to cinema. It will soon be done, the inauguration of the Oscars museum being scheduled for September 30 with a special exhibition dedicated to the work of Hayao Miyazaki. It was Tom Hanks, one of Hollywood’s most popular stars, who broke the news this week at a press conference. “It was high time!, had fun the actor of Forrest Gump before being more serious. It’s important for Los Angeles to have a film museum. We all know movies are being made all over the world, and they are great. There are other cities with cinema museums. But, with all due respect, this museum created in Los Angeles by the Academy of Oscars must truly be the Parthenon of its kind. “
With more than 390 million dollars raised thanks to donations from several Hollywood personalities and studios, such as Netflix, Disney or Warner Bros, its creators saw the big picture. The architect Renzo Piano, known in particular for his work on the Center Pompidou, in Paris, transformed a department store from the 1930s located in the west of the city into a giant museum, with its galleries dedicated to the permanent exhibition, his wing dedicated to temporary workers and its sphere housing a cinema room with 1000 seats. “Don’t call it the Dark Star!, he advises. Say rather zeppelin. A zeppelin to transport you to another world. “
Within the permanent exhibition, the public will be able to see the shark specially made for Jaws of Steven Spielberg in life size, the bloodied face of Arnold Schwarzenegger reconstructed for Terminator, the sea creature of The Shape of Water, droids C-3PO and R2D2 from Star wars, multiple heads of Mr. Jack by Jim Burton and Henry Selick used to give him all kinds of expressions in their animated films … but also one of the three examples of sledges that were used for the end shot of Citizen Kane, Orson Welles, costumes (of Dracula, Orcs of the Lord of the Rings, characters from Wizard of Oz or from The stuff of heroes, etc.). A round room will be entirely dedicated to telling the story of the making and evolution of Oscar statuettes. All these objects will be accompanied by explanatory notices retracing in detail the history of American cinema.
The temporary exhibitions will also be staged in a spectacular way, the one on the Miyazaki cinema opening, for example, on a tunnel of trees inspired by the forest of My neighbor Totoro and leading visitors to the floating islands of Castle in the sky. “We want to make known through our galleries the diversity of the international histories of cinematographic creation”, explains museum director Bill Kramer at theAFP.
More info on the Oscars website