Exhibition time: from November 29th 2018 to February 17th (extended until May 12th)
Place: Museum of Badalona

Cinema arrived in Badalona in 1898 with street projections and by 1904 the city had already its first stable movie theater. Thus began the intense relationship between the seventh art and the people of Badalona.

This close link that runs through the exhibition The Great Illusion. The cinema in Badalona 1898-1975, that invites us to discover the history, the advances, the anecdotes, and the countless episodes of shared memory that are hidden in the darkness of a cinema room.

The exhibition is structured in different thematic sections that combine local aspects, such as showrooms, programming or critics, with more general aspects such as technological evolution, the phenomenon of the star-system or the impact that the omnipresent censorship had on the cinematographic production in the Franco’s Spain.

The exhibition, which is completed by the publication of a book of the same title by the historian Núria Casals, is also a tribute to the cinema and to all those people who, in difficult times, they were able to find a window into the world and a way out of everyday life.

The show is about to begin! The lights turn off. Silence.

Exhibition credits

PRODUCTION: Museum of Badalona

DIRECTION: Margarida Abras Pou

COORDINATION: Francesca García Almagro

RESEARCH: Núria Casals

SCREENPLAY AND TEXTS: Margarida Abras and Núria Casals

EXHIBITION DESIGN: Francesca García Almagro

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Albert Navarro

IMAGE PROCESSING: Albert Navarro, Pere Ruzafa, Lluís Andú

ASSEMBLY: Francisco Ruíz, Jamal Bissane

BROADCAST: Núria Sadurní, Esther Espejo


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Salvador Alsina, M. Dolors Binué, Jordi Domingo, Valentina Garcia, Esther Gurri, Miquel Font, Coloma Lleal, Isabel and Lluís Marquina, M. del Mar Mascareñas, Enrici Puig Salsas, Josep M. Sabater, Joan Salla, M. Rosa Salsas, Jordi Sapé, Camilo and Jaume Tarrazón