A projection of Wizard of Oz will kick off the festivities planned for the inauguration of the long-awaited Oscars museum in Los Angeles, we learned on Wednesday, July 21.
The Wizard of Oz is probably one of the best-known movies in America. Its broadcast on September 30 will be accompanied live by an orchestra of the American Youth Symphony. Songs from the 1939 film, Over the Rainbow and Follow the Yellow Brick Road are still sung by millions of Americans.
Projections of Malcolm X, starring Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, and of all films by Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki are also featured inu program of the museum’s first weeks, devoted to the magic of the 7th art. A temporary exhibition will be dedicated to the director of Spirited Away and My neighbor Totoro.
It took nearly a century for the idea of a museum dedicated to cinema to emerge. And the building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, due to open in 2017, has fallen behind schedule.
A gigantic sphere of glass, steel and concrete stands on one side of the museum, appearing to float above the ground to embody “the magic of movies”. Connected by walkways to the main building, it houses a 1,000-seat cinema room equipped with the latest technology.
The museum’s mission will be to retrace the history of cinema, its innovations, and to show visitors the techniques used to make a film. Side curiosities, one will find precisely in the windows the famous red pumps of Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, and other treasures: a dress worn by Claudette Colbert in the Cleopatra from 1934, a spacesuit from the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001, a space odyssey…
Most of the restrictions imposed by California for the pandemic have been lifted, but wearing a mask remains mandatory in Los Angeles, whether or not you are vaccinated.