London Film Museum

Formerly known as The Movieum of London, London Film Museum celebrates the silver screen with props from films such as 'Superman', 'Star Wars', 'The Italian Job' and 'Batman'. The history of British film studios Elstree, Pinewood and Shepperton is explored, there's a gallery dedicated to animation and you can watch interviews with the stars and clips from TV series that made it into film, or have your picture taken on a mini set (photos approx £5). Opened at the beginning of January, 'Charlie Chaplin: The Great Londoner' exhibition focuses on the life and times of Chaplin from his poor upbringing in Lambeth to stardom in Hollywoood.

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Aaron Brown

We visited the museum at the end of August and was enormously surprised and hugely disappointed at the content of an attraction recommended by so many places. One question - how much did they pay them?? The content of each of the exhibitions was thin at best - the Harry Potter notable in it's bareness with the room having a few props, but mostly given over to licensed merchandise (which was no doubt available in a foyer nearby). The Chaplin exhibition was informative but not engaging - indeed, engaging is a word that couldn't have been used to describe any of the exhibits on show. What exactly was the art room supposed to show?? One of the few things that was interesting, was the Harryhausen exhibit, which at least had a reasonable amount of actual artefacts to look at. From a technical point of view - many of the exhibits were poorly lit, and the projections appalling with incredibly faint output from the 'back projection driving booth' to the footage of Superman that appeared mainly to have an impressive green tint throughout, as if someone had borrowed my 1980's VHS and looped it for a number of years... Whilst I can't comment on many of the facts presented, at least have the decency to get someone to proof read your boards before displaying them! Spelling, grammar and actual misspelling of films show a lazy approach to any museum exhibit. Unless I missed the classic The Spy Who Love Me? A Russian re-imagining of the Bond classic, perhaps... The overall feel was shabby, poorly constructed, lacking in depth and with terrible attention to detail. £26 could have been spent better elsewhere! Britain has such a rich history of film, it's such a shame that it wasn't on show here.