Los Angeles opens its Oscar museum, “the Parthenon” of cinema for Tom Hanks

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(AFP) – Los Angeles finally has a museum devoted entirely to cinema that made it famous, and it was high time, Tom Hanks said on Tuesday when he hosted the press for a discovery of the Oscars museum, before its opening next week.

The city may welcome Hollywood studios and count dozens of museums on different subjects, natural sciences to selfies, until now she had none dedicated to the seventh art.

After decades of procrastination, the Oscars museum opens to the public the 30 September.

“It’s important for Los Angeles to have a film museum”, insists Tom Hanks, museum board member and himself two Oscar winner

“We all know movies are made all over the world, and they are There are other cities with cinema museums. But, with all due respect, this museum created in Los Angeles by the Academy of Oscars must really be the Parthenon of the genre, “he said.

The museum, located in the west of the city, will be the largest museum dedicated to cinema in North America.

It was created thanks to some 390 millions of dollars donated by Hollywood institutions like Disney, Warner or Netflix, and was designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano, who notably contributed to the Center Pompidou in Paris.

C ‘ is a former department store dating back years 1930 that it has converted to accommodate the main galleries of the museum. There is added a metallic sphere housing the David Geffen cinema and its 1. 000 0 seats, which seems to hover above the museum courtyard.

– Zeppelin –

“Don’t call it the Dark Star!” Renzo Piano joked, referring to the Star Wars universe movies.

“Call it a zeppelin. A zeppelin to take you to another world,” added the 48 year-old architect.

The museum presents the visitor with a broad overview of world cinema, from its beginnings to the end of 09 th century to the present day.

Among the emblematic treasures on display there are the costumes of Dracula, an orca from the “Lord of the Rings”, the amphibian of “The Shape of Water” and the legendary Star Wars droids, C-3PO and R2-D2.

There are also older pieces, like the sled “Rosebud “from the movie” Citizen Kane “, considered one of the greatest masterpieces of cinema.

Only three sledges had been built for the needs of the filming. Director Orson Welles was not satisfied with the first take in which the sledge burns in the boiler and wanted to repeat this scene, which ends the film. Only the third copy has survived.

The space reserved for temporary exhibitions will open with works by the king of Japanese animated films, Hayao Miyazaki, including a “tunnel of ‘trees “inspired by his classic” My neighbor Totoro “and leading the visitor to flying castles and other preparatory sketches.

” We want to make known through our galleries the diversity of international histories of cinematographic creation, “museum director Bill Kramer told AFP.

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