Torino Bestiale!

Torino's National Cathedral of Cinema

That inspired spire you see both above and below is Torino’s National Cinema Museum. Literally a cathedral devoted to film.

National Cinema Museum Spire

And I caught it during a great exhibit, namely …. 

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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 at the Torino National Cinema Museum

Lo Squalo e Io

Jaws (or Squalo in Italian) being one of the most iconic beasts in film, but there are so many!

The Birds

The Birds on the Big Screen

Planet of the Apes

POTA!

Italy’s own Furia, more of a comic and TV show beast:

Furia 4

The great King Kong!

King Kong Arriva in Italia

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.

Toto

Radiozini B-X:

Radiazioni B-X

Also know as the Incredible Shrinking Man, a novel that blew my mind when I read it last year.

The Incredible Shrinking Man

An there was no shortage of bee-movie creature feature posters:

Bees

Cujo:

Cujo

Even homage to the grizzly bear attack scene in Revenant, which I thought fitting.

Revenant

Frogs:

Frogs

Venom:

Piranha:

Pirana

Orca:

L'Orca Assassina

Phase IV is legendary graphic designer Saul Bass’s only foray into directing:

Fase IV: Distruzione Terra

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…

Inside Torino's Cinema Museum

And looking down was quite vertiginous…

Bird's Eye View

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.

Metropolis Clock

And once at the top, you get a stunning view of the city:

Torino from above

Torino from the National Cinema Museum


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.

The Discreet Charm of the Big Lebowski

As well as this trippy effect from Wizard of Oz

Off to see the wizard...

Wallpaper based on the Psycho script:

Psycho Script

And much, much more. What an awesome museum it was.

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