Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr. 8 Oslo’s Film Museum
I love movies. You love movies. Everybody loves movies, that is why a visit to the Filmmuseet in Oslo is exactly the right thing. You will love the place. It features a nicely presented selection of displays on the history of film making. But there is more.
The museum is located at the Filmens Hus building, that has eight film-themed levels. Classic movies are screened five nights a week in the same building at the Cinemateket.
There are great inventions like Edison’s kinetoscope, a device that screened the very first motion pictures. Only seconds long, the short sequences of black-and-white blur, could be viewed only by one person at a time, by looking through a peephole-viewer, on top of a wooden casket. It caused a major hype at the end of the 19th century.
I learned that the principles behind the camera obscura were already mentioned by Aristotle about 350 years BC. I also learned that it is a long way from that first idea to its implementation. I think I might just forget to see 3D holographic technology on video come true.
You can watch clips of old films, funny silent, black-and-white shorts or sad WWII documentaries. You can meet Norwegian stars (on pictures) and count all popular Norwegian films presented in tiny squares which make a huge picture-movie wall.
The Filmmuseet is a place for movie lovers but foremost for lovers. Lights are dim, corridors are black, the miniature movie theater has about ten seats and dark corners (to make out).
Silent short on perpetual travel. (Actor bends over actress to kiss her.)
Dasza Parker: “You know what, when we started out, I thought we was really goin’ somewhere. This is it. We’re just goin’, huh?”
Tomek Barrow: “I love you.”
C’mon, everyone at the museum is doing it.
There is one part, which screens censored movie clips. The scenes are about as aggressive, vulgar or pornographic as the adventures of Tom & Jerry.
Corridors are lined with old stars. Glamorous actors and actresses give you their greatest smile and show off their wardrobe.
That’s it folks, another great day in Oslo.
FAQs: Filmens Hus, Dronningens gt. 16, Oslo. www.nfi.no. The entrance to the museum is free.
P.S. We are currently in Budapest, going vegan.