Musée du Cinéma – Henri Langlois
The museum was created in 1972 by Henri Langlois (1914–1977), a cinema enthusiast who also founded the Cinémathèque Française. It presented "the living history of moving pictures, from their origins to the present day and in all countries", with collections including more than 5,000 movie-related objects including cameras, movie scripts, photographic stills, costumes worn by Rudolph Valentino and Marilyn Monroe, and several early movies and movie sets.
The museum was subject to an unusual court case when the Cinémathèque Française attempted to move the collection, in which it was argued (successfully) that the museum was "unquestionably the creative work of one man and therefore protected under the law" and hence could not be disbanded. This decision was unfortunately handed down several months after the museum's destruction by fire on July 22, 1997.
- Palais de Chaillot on fire at La Revue du Liban website (French)
- Musée du Cinéma Henri-Langlois du Palais de Chaillot
- Paris.org entry
- Museums of Paris entry
- TravelApe entry
- Laurent Mannoni, "Henri Langlois and the Musée du Cinema", trans. Richard Crangle, Film History: An International Journal, 18:3, 2006, pages 274-287.
- Appeals court rescues French Cinematheque. (French Cinematheque's Musee du Cinema Henri Langlois), Variety, December, 1997