That inspired spire you see both above and below is Torino’s National Cinema Museum. Literally a cathedral devoted to film.
And I caught it during a great exhibit, namely ….
An entire exhibit dedicated to beasts within film. And as you walk up the stairs to enter
the exhibit you hear a familiar theme:
Jaws (or Squalo in Italian) being one of the most iconic beasts in film, but there are so many!
Planet of the Apes
Italy’s own Furia, more of a comic and TV show beast:
The great King Kong!
More on the European/Italian art tip: Pasolini’s Uccellacci e uccellini, featuring the comic genius Totò. that’s how you know you are in Italy.
Also know as the Incredible Shrinking Man, a novel that blew my mind when I read it last year.
An there was no shortage of bee-movie creature feature posters:
Even homage to the grizzly bear attack scene in Revenant, which I thought fitting.
Phase IV is legendary graphic designer Saul Bass’s only foray into directing:
But the true star of the museum was the museum itself. You walked up the perimeter around a truly magnificent building looking a b-movie posters…
And looking down was quite vertiginous…
You can see the wires running through the middle of the building, those are part of an elevator that takes you all the way up to the spire, along the way you get a look at the clock from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
And once at the top, you get a stunning view of the city:
And even beyond the exhibit there were so many gems, like the homage to Bunuel that recreates a theater based on the toilet dinner party in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.
As well as this trippy effect from Wizard of Oz
Wallpaper based on the Psycho script:
And much, much more. What an awesome museum it was.