Now only few people know that the first ever film was shown in Tashkent in 1897. The history of cinema of Uzbekistan, as well as the entire history of world cinema began with documentaries. At the turn of the XIX and the XX centuries Hudoybergan Devanev, native of Khiva, intrigued by a new kind of art bought on his own savings one of the first cameras “Pathe” and then began to show his astonished fellow countrymen the architectural sights of Khiva on the screen.

Today the archive of the Museum has about 40 thousand units. A unique exhibition of the museum reflects the identity and development of culture and cinema art in Uzbekistan.

Now only few people know that the first ever film was shown in Tashkent in 1897. The history of cinema of Uzbekistan, as well as the entire history of world cinema began with documentaries. At the turn of the XIX and the XX centuries Hudoybergan Devanev, native of Khiva, intrigued by a new kind of art bought on his own savings one of the first cameras “Pathe” and then began to show his astonished fellow countrymen the architectural sights of Khiva on the screen.

The exposition of the museum of motion picture art of Uzbekistan begins with a picturesque portrait of the cameraman Hudoybergan Devanov. The founder of Uzbek cinema depicted with old movie camera on his lap.

The considerable archive of this museum numbering today about 30 thousand units was founded in the 70s. The foundation to it was laid by donations of devotees and connoisseurs of the Uzbek cinematography.

Great contribution to the film archive collection was made by the national artist of Uzbekistan  Ruzy Charyev.  It was him who called all artists who were engaged in film activity, to present the sketches to movies to the archival fund. He drew a group portrait of film-makers which has become a key exhibit in an exposition of the new museum.

The design solution of an exposition belongs to the known artist of Uzbekistan to Babur  Ismailov. It is opened by archival cinematographic equipment – illuminants and movie cameras of different brands with which filmmakers of Uzbekistan worked in the last decades. But the main exhibits of course are the black and white photos because they have embodied the momentums of historical development of cinematography of our country.

Babur Ismailov has selected the image of perforated filmstrip wrapping around all show-windows as a means of artistic expressiveness in the solution of a design of museum exposition. All stands of the exposition are constructed on shots of feature, documentary and short films. Multiple monitors on which the restored old movies are shown attach them dynamics.

At visitors of the museum а special emotional reaction provokes the section devoted to silent cinema of Uzbekistan. The monitor forces the audience to linger at this stand at which the restored Uzbek silent movie “The Second Wife” shot in 1935 is shown.

Separate stand is dedicated to documentaries of the republic.

It is only in the Museum of cinema of Uzbekistan you can see the golden “Nika”,   an award of Academy of cinema of Russia. It was awarded to eminent documentary filmmaker Malik Kayumov in the nomination “Honour and Dignity”.

In the exposition center – the rare poster of the known movie “Takhir and Zukhra” of the director Nabi Ganiyev. It is of interest, on the one hand, as an sample of bright creativity of film artists of the country and as the bright evidence of glorious history of the Uzbek motion picture art, on the other. After all not incidentally this movie as a landmark it is included in the “Gold Fund” of UNESCO.

Other movies on which future directors and operators of the country studying today are presented to expositions also, such as “Fascinated by you”, “All the mahalla –full of roumors”, “Tenderness” and others.

Most brightly looks the showcase  devoted to cartoon films. Here you can see the hand-drawn cartoon characters and toy films made by artists and film directors of Uzbekistan.

The decoration of the Museum exposition are the costumes made specially for the film “Amir Temur”. Especially attracts the viewer’s attention the suit of the wife the Ruler  Bibi Khanum, made of bright red fabric. He became a compositional and color accent introductory hall exposure. The exposition of the museum comes to the end with the image of a film rolled. This symbolic image suggests that the prospect of cinema of Uzbekistan is still ahead.

Location : 98, Uzbekistan str., Tashkent, Uzbekistan  “Cinema House”

Tel.: (+998 71) 245 89 76

Open hours: 09.00-18.00

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

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