In Italy the film libraries are great cultural heritage. Among the most important Italian film libraries, as well as those of Turin and of Bologna, there is the Milan film library. The MIC (the Interactive Museum of Cinema) is part of the Milan Film Library which, since 1947, carries on the activity of conservation, promotion and distribution in Italy and abroad. The restored movies by the MIC are presented in major international film festivals, such as Cannes, Venice or Berlin.
The MIC and the Milan film library are located at Viale Fulvio Testi in a former manufacture tobacco factory in an area which was the largest industrial area of Milan and in recent decades has become a cultural pole by the Hangar Bicocca and the Fondazione Pirelli (read our post to know how to visit it). Became a foundation in 1996 and integrated with the Cineteca di Milano, here you can found about 25,000 titles, from the origins to the present. Most of the MIC archive consists of nitrate film and its historical importance is such that experts of FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) consider it one of the most important film libraries in Europe.
The MIC interactive stations allow visitors to observe the work that a film library does. You can disassemble, reassemble and dubbing archive sequences, choose various authors and discover the fascinating world of cinema. You can see a map and discover the Milan cinema history including such masterpieces as “Rocco e i suoi fratelli” by Luchino Visconti and “Miracolo a Milano” by Vittorio De Sica. The stations content are always renewed so to visit the MIC another time will be different.
Since February 2016, the MIC has set up the event “Caccia ai tesori del cinema”. In collaboration with Epson, the visitors, wearing the Epson Moverio stereoscopic vision glasses, must recognize 50 titles that are hidden among the more than 25 thousand films preserved.
These glasses are connected to the Internet using Wi-Fi, project images in HD and allow attendees to interact with multimedia content archive. All visitors will be equipped with stereo headphones to receive complete audio video content. It’s a fun competition, not a guided tour. A nice challenge where you would have to guess the 50 selected films where there will be prizes and surprises.
The MIC also offers film screenings for children and workshops held by film professionals to bring the kids to this beautiful art, and that, perhaps one day, might become for them a wonderful job.
We said before that the work of recovery and restoration is the main MIC activity. The MIC organizes screenings at the Viale Fulvio Testi headquarters but the movies are also distributed in some Milan cinema theaters and together organize movie exhibitions. Among these cinemas there is the popular Oberdan cinema, a place that all Milanese movie lovers know very well, set in the Porta Nuova district.
Museum website: mic.cinetecamilano.it