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Los Angeles movie museum to open next week

After decades of delays, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens to the public next week

2021-09-25 07:45:00 AM

After decades of delays, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens to the public next week

After decades of delays, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens to the public next week.

Artefacts of cinema, from such films as"The Shape of Water" are displayed inside the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.AFP/Valerie Macon"We all know that films are made everywhere in the world, and they are wonderful films. And there are other cities with film museums.

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"But with all due respect, a place like Los Angeles, created by the Motion Picture Academy... this museum has really got to be the Parthenon of such places."Upon opening, the museum -- run by the Oscar-awarding Academy -- will be the largest film-dedicated museum in North America.

Drawing on some $390-million funding from Hollywood institutions old and new -- including Disney, Warner and Netflix -- and beyond, the building was designed by famed architect Renzo Piano.Piano reworked a historic 1930s department store to house the museum's main galleries.

He added the gleaming, orb-shaped David Geffen Theater, which appears to hover above the museum's courtyard, inviting some obvious comparisons to the"Star Wars" films.The museum presents a broad overview of more than a century of motion pictures from around the world.

Modern Tinseltown treasures include costumes from"Bram Stoker's Dracula," an orc from"The Lord of the Rings," the amphibian man from"The Shape of Water," and"Star Wars" droids C-3PO and R2-D2.Older heirlooms include a"Rosebud" sled from"Citizen Kane," regularly named the best film ever made.

Judy Garland's shoes from the Wizard of Oz are displayed inside the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures.AFP/Valerie MaconOnly three wooden sleds were ever made -- on set, director Orson Welles wasn't happy with the first take, but wrapped filming after the second was thrown onto a furnace for the film's climactic scene, meaning the third survived.

The museum's temporary space opens with an exhibition of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's work, leading visitors through a"tree tunnel" inspired by classic"My Neighbor Totoro" to see sketches of flying castles and early character designs.

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"We want to bring through all of the international and diverse stories of moviemaking through our galleries," museum director Bill Kramer told AFP.The museum opens to the public on 30 September. Read more: eNCA »

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