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Last Week to See Iconic Ruby Slippers as Part of The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz and Dozens of Items from Spike Lee’s Personal Collection in Director’s Inspiration: Spike Lee Installations Close Sep. 25. THE ART OF MOVIEMAKING: THE GODFATHER and DIRECTOR’S INSPIRATION: AGNÈS VARDA Open Nov. 3.

LOS ANGELES – The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz and Director’s Inspiration: Spike Lee, both part of the Academy Museum of Motion Picture’s acclaimed Stories of Cinema exhibition, will close on September 25, 2022. Both galleries have been on view since the museum opened nearly a year ago on September 30, 2021.

With a pair of original ruby slippers, the iconic blue gingham pinafore worn by Judy Garland, as well as the sepia pinafore worn by Garland’s stand-in in the 1939 film. The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz takes visitors behind-the-scenes to explore the many disciplines that come together to bring a single film to life—screenwriting, casting, makeup design, costume design, production design, sound design, special effects, acting, directing, producing, and more. 

Original posters, script drafts, drawings, production photography, the Cowardly Lion’s mane and the Wicked Witch of the West’s hat all come together to showcase a film that changed moviemaking forever.

Director’s Inspiration: Spike Lee draws from the Academy Award®-winning director’s personal collection of objects, such as a guitar owned by Prince (with whom he collaborated) and the custom purple Gucci suit Lee wore to the 2020 Oscars® to pay tribute to Lakers star player Kobe Bryant (whom he chronicled in the 2009 documentary Kobe Doin’ Work).

Informed by Spike Lee’s own account of the creative process, the gallery considers his body of work and the inspiration behind some of his most iconic titles such as Do the Right Thing (1989) and Crooklyn (1994) as well as recurring themes and collaborators.

The respective galleries will be transformed for The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather and Director’s Inspiration: Agnès Varda, each opening November 3. 

The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather, will showcase the collaborative process of the making of this masterpiece through a wide array of original objects, images, and stories. In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of Mario Puzo’s popular novel provided an operatic and poignant reflection on the American Dream that not only radically transformed the moviegoing experience, but also the moviemaking process. Featured costumes, props, scripts, and equipment will highlight the contributions of each cinematic branch, exploring how they innovated amidst the limitations and freedoms of “New Hollywood.” 

Object highlights include Don Corleone’s desk and chair used in The Godfather trilogy, Coppola’s original “Godfather notebook,” and a costume worn by Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II. This exhibition is organized by Assistant Curator Sophia Serrano. Leading up to The Godfather gallery rotation, the Academy Museum Store will be releasing an exclusive limited-edition The Godfather LP in partnership with Amoeba Music. The album will feature music from The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and will include music from the trilogy. Pre-order your copy today at academymuseumstore.org.

Also opening is Director’s Inspiration: Agnès Varda, an exploration of one of global cinema’s most radical and transformative artists. Belgian-born Varda’s work is undeniably personal drawing inspiration from her life, experiences, the people and the world around her. This gallery will highlight her influences and films from her six-decade long career ranging from La Pointe Courte (1955), widely regarded as the first film of the French New Wave, to her autobiographical Varda by Agnès (2019). A photographer prior to becoming a filmmaker, the gallery will explore Varda’s time behind the still camera including prints, contact sheets, and photography related production materials.

From her years living in Los Angeles to her familial relationships, the autobiographical elements that permeate all aspects of Varda’s filmography will be represented using personal postcards, props, family photographs, and other production materials. Additionally, Varda’s career as a fine artist and her longstanding love of art history which influenced many of her films will be explored using production notebooks, posters, and a model for one of her cinema shack installations. This gallery is curated by former Assistant Curator Ana Santiago and completed by Jessica Niebel, Exhibitions Curator with support from Manouchka Kelly Labouba, Research Assistant and the collaboration of Rosalie Varda-Demy, Mathieu Demy and Ciné-Tamaris.

Stories of Cinema is organized by Vice President of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger, Senior Curator for Collections and Curatorial Affairs Nathalie Morris, Exhibitions Curators Jenny He and Jessica Niebel, Associate Curator Dara Jaffe, and Assistant Curators J. Raúl Guzmán, Dara Jaffe, Ana Santiago, and Sophia Serrano, with support from Curatorial Assistant Esme Douglas and Research Assistant Manouchka Kelly Labouba, the Academy Museum Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the Academy Branch Task Forces.

The Art of Moviemaking: The Wizard of Oz and Director’s Inspiration: Spike Lee close Sunday, Sep. 25.

The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather and Director’s Inspiration: Agnes Varda, Open Nov. 3.

The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Academy Museum are available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and mobile app. 

General admission tickets for the museum’s exhibitions are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger, and for California residents with an EBT, card is free. 

Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), and $5 for students and children (age 17-). Matinees are $5 for all.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café.

Upcoming Film, Education, and Public Programs at the Academy Museum.

Los Angeles, Calif. – This August, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens the exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971, an in-depth look at Black participation and influence in American filmmaking, from the dawn of cinema in the late 19th century to the civil rights movements of the 1960s and their aftermath into the early ‘70s. The opening of the exhibition is complemented by Regeneration: An Introduction, a film series that highlights the groundbreaking pioneers and films explored in the galleries.

All screenings take place in our beautiful Ted Mann Theater (TMT) and David Geffen Theater (DGT). Regeneration: An Introduction kicks off with the world theatrical premiere of a “lost” film newly preserved by the Academy Film Archive. Additional brand-new Academy Film Archive-restorations will screen throughout the run of the exhibition. Select screenings include introductions, Q&As, and/or special guests, so please check our website for updates, download our digital film guide, or follow us @academymuseumscreenings on Instagram.

Fanny’s dinner service continues! Fanny’s restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm to 10pm. For more information about Fanny’s and to book a dinner reservation, please visit the website here.

Technicolor Summer: Doris Day Matinees
August 5–19

In celebration of what would have been Doris Day’s centennial year, the Academy Museum is proud to present a matinee series of some of the singer and screen legend’s best-loved films. The series comprises seven titles, including Pillow Talk (1959), which scored Day her sole Oscar® nomination for Best Actress.

April in Paris (1952)
Fri, Aug 5 | 2pm | TMT | 35mm

Calamity Jane (1953)
Sat, Aug 6 | 2pm | TMT | 35mm

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Sun, Aug 7 | 2pm | TMT | 35mm

The Pajama Game (1957)
Fri, Aug 12 | 2pm | TMT | DCPPillow Talk (1959)
Sat, Aug 13 | 2pm | TMT | 35mm

Lover Come Back (1961)
Sun, Aug 14 | 2pm | TMT | 35mm

Send Me No Flowers (1964)
Fri, Aug 19 | 2pm | TMT | DCP

Regeneration: An Introduction
August 25–September 29 

Reform School (1939)
Thu, Aug 25 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

The Flying Ace (1926)
Sat, Aug 27 | 5pm | TMT | 35mm

The Emperor Jones (1933) with Princess Tam Tam  (1935)
Sat, Aug 27 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

Dark Manhattan (1937) with Murder in Harlem  (1935)
Thu, Sep 1 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

The Blood of Jesus (1941) with Hell-Bound Train  (1930)
Fri, Sep 2 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Stormy Weather (1943) with The Duke is Tops  (1938)
Sat, Sep 3 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946) with The Girl from Chicago  (1932)
Thu, Sep 8 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCPNo Way Out (1950) with Native Son (1951)
Fri, Sep 9 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP, 35mm

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) with The World, the Flesh and the Devil  (1959)
Sat, Sep 10 | 7:30pm | TMT | 35mm

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)with 
The Learning Tree 
Fri, Sep 23 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP

La permission (The Story of a Three-Day Pass) (1968) with Nothing but a Man  (1964)
Sat, Sep 24 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP, 35mm 

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) with Black Chariot  (1971)
Thu, Sep 29 | 7:30pm | TMT | DCP, 35mm 

The Academy Museum is honored to present a film series to accompany the landmark exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 that will cover the same 70+ year span as the exhibition, from cinema’s infancy in the 1890s to the early 1970s. The film series offers a closer look at the films highlighted in Regeneration, which explores the achievements and challenges of African Americans in the film industry. The series kicks off with the world premiere of Reform School (1939), a newly restored race film (movies made with all-Black casts that were distributed almost exclusively to Black audiences throughout the segregated United States) previously thought to be lost. 

Family Matinees

Every Saturday, the Academy Museum screens films for families of all ages. All movies in this series are rated G or PG, unless otherwise noted. The final Family Matinee of every month is an accommodative screening where we offer open captioning, keep the theater dimly lit, and maintain a lower volume for neurodivergent viewers. This August, we will screen movies chosen by Academy Museum staff. In September, we honor the centennial of the birth of screen legend Judy Garland.

The Academy Museum’s 2021–2022 programming is made possible by the support of our generous partners, including:

Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.
Participant in support of programs that engage diverse audiences in the intersection of art and activism.
Ruderman Family Foundation in support of Academy Museum inclusion initiatives and programming.
Cinecittà in support of an annual programming series of Italian Cinema.
Gigi Pritzker Pucker and the Pritzker Foundation in generous support of social impact programs.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in support of Academy Museum programs focused on science and technology in film and the science and technology of film.
Donors to our fund in support of AAPI programming, including Esther S. M. Chui-Chao, Julia and Ken Gouw, and Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Group Holdings Limited.
The generous support of Televisa Foundation-Univision in celebration of Mexican Cinema.
Jacob Andreou and Carly Steel in support of Halloween film screenings.

Regeneration is co-curated by Doris Berger, Vice President of Curatorial Affairs at the Academy Museum, and Rhea Combs, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, with the Academy Museum’s J. Raúl Guzmán, Assistant Curator as well as Manouchka Kelly Labouba and Emily Rauber Rodriguez, Research Assistants. Regeneration is made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Technology solutions generously provided by Christie®. Lead support provided by Campari®. Generous support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and Octavia Spencer. Support also provided by Sybil Robson Orr, Daniel Allen Sims and Althea R. Miller-Sims, Lyndon J. Barrois Sr. and Janine Sherman Barrois, Chaz Hammel-Smith Ebert and Rogerebert.com, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Revelations Entertainment, Max and Kahlia Konan, Emma Koss, Alana Mayo, Mary Parent and Javier Chapa, Nina Shaw and Wallace Little, and Yeardley Smith. Exhibition programs are made possible in part by California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Academy Film Archive restorations are funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation. Academy Museum Digital Engagement Platform sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Regeneration received the 2018 Sotheby’s Prize for curatorial excellence and for facilitating an exhibition that explores overlooked or underrepresented areas of art history.