Cinema – a word of illusion, incredible stores, but also a cruel show business reality. Watching a good movie I indentify myself with main characters, sometimes I miss their adventures, however for what I appreciate a good movie is possibility to forget about the reality. When lights start to illuminate a cinema hall and a caption appears I feel like awake from a dream and only then I start to come back slowy to the presence, still analyzing in my head the end and the plot.
I had the same feeling after my visit to the National Museum of Cinema in Turin. Walking from one room to another, watching the exhibits and multimedia presentations, discovering unexpecting spots I managed to break away from reality and to transfer into a magic world. It was a kind of experience you can have in Disneyland park, but enriched with a dose of knowledge.
The heart of the Museum of Cinema in Turin is a temple… But nobody prays there. It’s where you can watch movies on a big screens – some very old, some a bit more modern. Semidarkness, rows of soft and red chaise longues, a view on the Mole’s cupola, a glass lift riding up towards the top – all of these made me relaxing. Then I notice a – gold, scary looking a giant Moloch, the statue used in Italian classic movie “Cabiria” of Giovanni Pastrone from 1914. It is sitting watching carefully the room and visitors with hands tied by chains.
Slowly I move up, starting my journey to five sections dedicated to secret of movie creation: screenplay, casting, directory, production. It’s special romm has also an icon of the cinema – Marilyn Monroe.
The National Museum of Cinema in Turin has a rich collection of exhibits located on 3 200 square meters distributed on 5 flours. To visit it you may need at least 2 hours. During the visit you can also go up on the top of la Mole, it costs extra and takes time as there is usually a long cue outside the building.