“If you can’t believe a little in what you see on the screen, it’s not worth wasting your time on cinema.” (Serge Daney)
I’ve often been inspired about how to lead my life by watching movies. For Hollywood bred heroes like Tom Cruise, Al Pacino, and Tom Hanks convince me as movie role models to believe what I see on screen. So it’s logical that during each past road trip visit to the Los Angeles region, I typically bask in movie stardom. Yes, we’ve done the “Walk of Fame” on Hollywood and Vine, taken backlot tours of various movie studios, and gazed with wonder at exclusive mansions of past/present celebrities during tram tours in “ritzy” Beverly Hills. So on our latest SoCal. roadtrip visit in early October, I felt excited to visit to the brand new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a sprawling, three story exhibition hall along star-studded Wilshire Boulevard near downtown Hollywood.
Observe that this building house the largest museum of filmmaking in the United States. For you can absorb your movie passion well there, whether it’s film directing, screenwriting scripts, “animation design, old time cinematogaphy, costume design, or special effects. As for me, I opted to spend the bulk of my time wandering around exhibits of “Oscar” worthy, film memorabilia from the historic past. I also enjoyed panoramic backdrops of the the greater Hollywood vicinity from the outdoor patio and obtained as well a good look at the famed Hollywood sign prominently displayed north of the city. So if you like movies, this wondrous showcase of movie evolution might be the place to start your Hollywood tour.