If you are expecting mini bios of film stars or an intellectual discussion on Werner Hertzog, forget it! This museum is about the history of how film was made ( that is the technical side and not the arty side). It is the product of a collector who's hobby got a bit out of hand and instead of his wife consigning him to a shed in the garden, they made a building into a museum for his truly astonishing collection of "stuff". There are probably thousands of items on display from projectors to toys to magic lanterns. There is a pleasing short introductory film to get you in the mood and then three floors of delights to explore. There is a lot of information to absorb but the broad outline of what happened when ( over the last two centuries) and why is clearly set out and helpful. The displays are interspersed with interactive devices and also short films. There was a family with two young children going around at the same time as us and the kids were clearly amused and interested which given the relatively dry nature of the subject matter says a lot for the quality of the displays. There are posters, photos and costumes on display and also a reference library on the first floor. The majority of the exhibits have explanatory notes in English. This is an unusual museum with some great exhibits and a reminder of how transformative the nature of film has been to modern society. The entrance fee is easily justified.
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