Woody Allen Gets a Museum (In Europe, of Course)

Woody Allen, 2014 CREDIT: Emily Assiran/New York Observer

Woody Allen, 2014 CREDIT: Emily Assiran/New York Observer

A museum dedicated to the life and works of controversial filmmaker Woody Allen is being planned for Barcelona, Spain.

The director filmed his 2008 film,Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in the Spanish city, and Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for her role in it.

According to Spanish Engligh-language newspaper The Local, the backer of the proposed museum is Mediapro, which has produced Allen films including VickyMidnight in Paris (2011) and To Rome with Love (2012).  A spokesman for Mediapro confirmed the project to a Catalan television station.

Perhaps surprisingly, while there may be tourist attractions built around their places of birth or residences, few modern museums are dedicated to film directors. Alfred Hitchcock, for example, and Francois Truffaut do not have museums, and George Lucas’, under construction in Chicago, is principally devoted to his art collection.

A poster for the 2008 Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

A poster for the 2008 Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

But film and television-related tourism has been growing in Spain, with the recent filming of many scenes from Game of Thrones in Seville and Osuna.

Woody Allen Gets a Museum (In Europe, of Course)