I blogged briefly a few months ago about our experience over the course of several nights with some movie stars and a couple of hundred members of the crew who were shooting “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”
I was at the movie’s official website earlier today, and what did my eyes behold after clicking “enter site,” but Nicolas Cage, reprising the role of treasure-hunter Ben Gates, in an extremely familiar setting?
The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress (as well as other areas of the Thomas Jefferson Building) provides Cage’s backdrop on the site, and not so coincidentally shares a starring “role” in the film itself, slated for a Dec. 21 release.
In coming days and weeks, we at the Library of Congress will have a lot more to say–and show–about this interesting intersection between fact and fiction. From our perspective, it’s a great opportunity to point out that this place is a living, vibrant and, yes, fun institution, and perhaps also to turn some wide-eyed, young moviegoers into lifelong patrons of their national (or local) library.
(Image of the heroes coming up the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Building from Disney’s “NT:BOS” Web site)