Five of the most memorable film scenes in museums

From covert meetings between spies and elaborate art heists to the beginnings of love affairs and tender moments of self-reflection, museums have provided some of the most memorable scenes in film.

In our latest blog, we choose our five favourite museum film scenes. 

Vertigo (1958)

'Oh that's Carlotta'

In this famous scene from Hitchcock's VertigoSan Francisco detective Scotty Ferguson (James Stewart) follows Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) through the city to the San Francisco’s Legion of Honor museum. There, he finds her staring at the portrait of Carlotta Valdez - a portrait that allegedly disappeared from the museum shortly after the completion of the film. 

 

Play it again, Sam (1972) 

'What about Friday night?'

Recently divorced film critic, Allan Felix (Woody Allen) is taken to a museum by his best friend's wife in an attempt to get him to meet girls and begin dating again. Perhaps he should have stepped away from the Jackson Pollock.

Manhattan (1979)

'You liked the plexiglass huh?'

Granted this is another Woody Allen film, but the cultural jousting between Allen's Isaac Davis and Diane Keaton's Mary Wilkes is delicious.

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

'This picture was in no way authorized, sponsored or endorsed by any museum'.

That comes as no surprise as Tiernan's remake of the Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway original switches the central robbery from a bank to a museum.  In this scene, Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) steals a Monet from under the noses of the museum's security guards all to the tune of Nina Simone's Sinnerman.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

But our absolute favourite is this magical scene from Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off filmed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Let us know what we've missed and your favourites.


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