Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Eurotrip - Turin Part 2 Cinema Museum

My first stop in Turin was the National Museum of Cinema, a massive five-level exhibition about all the different facets of cinema, from screenplays to acting to directing to editing. The museum takes up the bottom floors of one of the city’s most famous buildings, the Mole Antonelliana, which was built in the mid-19th century and is topped by a spire that punctuates the skyline and provides great views of the city. More on this in a minute.

Although it was fantastic, it wasn’t the museum’s content that impressed me, but rather the layout and design of the place. Rooms were stylized to mimic the atmosphere of each film being shown inside them. For instance:

The Western being shown inside a bar complete with overturned stools and broken bottles.

There was an Italian comedy playing in this room in which the main characters were sitting around a dinner table on toilets instead of chairs, hence the seating here.

This guy made me jump at least a foot in the air. There is a war film involving fighter pilots playing in front of him, and I guess there is a motion sensor directly where the viewer stands because after about 3 seconds of watching the movie, this guy slowly rotates around in his chair then suddenly stops, staring directly at the viewer. Obviously it wasn’t a real person, but I was not expecting it to be an alien head! Very spooky.

For the romantic movie room they had this bed with red pillows and sheets and a screen suspended above it.

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