The Smithsonian in Movies

SI in Film

The Smithsonian was long been portrayed in movies ranging from sci-fi, romance, and adventure, to historical fiction. In the 1950s, sci-fi was one of the first genres to use the Smithsonian's distinctive image. Sci-fi films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) utilize the Smithsonian's buildings as backdrops for alien invasions. Space ships flew over the Smithsonian Castle and through its towers. Though Sputnik had yet to launch, space flight was on the minds of Americans and the Smithsonian was center stage for this fantasy. Later films have ranged from romances such as Chances Are to dark murder mysteries like Silence of the Lambs. The twenty-first century has seen a tremendous growth in films portraying or set at the Smithsonian. Several of these have mostly been highly entertaining, and quite successful, adventure films – hopefully reflecting a much more positive image of the Smithsonian. Perhaps the best known recent example where the Smithsonian was center stage was in Night at the Smithsonian: Battle of the Smithsonian.

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Sci-fi

Sci-fi

Drama

Drama

Romance

Romance

Romance

Horror

Comedy

Comedy

Action

Action

Family

Family

Mystery

Mystery

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