The temple of cinema in the Mole Antonelliana

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.

La Mole Antonelliana, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Mole Antolnelliana – the symbol of Turin
Turin, Piedmont, Italy
outside the Museum of Cinema in Turin

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.

Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Moloch – the statue used in Italian classic movie “Cabiria”
Museum of Cinema, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
the heart of the museum seen a bird’s-eye view
National Museum of Cinema, Turin, Italy
a lift going up to the top of cupola

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.

National Museum of Cinema, Turin, Italy
a huge refrigerator leading to one of 10 niches
National Museum of Cinema, Turin, Italy
unusual cinema hall…

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.

National Museum of Cinema, Turin, Italy
casting section
National Museum of Cinema, Turin, Italy
screenplay section
National Museum of Cinema, Turin, Italy
directory section
National Museum of Cinema, Turin, Italy
production section
National Museum of Cinema, Turin, Italy
Marilyn Monroe section

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.

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