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Ransom Center Preserves Cinematic History

6 Feb

The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, a world renown cultural museum, research library and archive has made considerable strides in the preservation of cinematic history. The Center hosts over 10,000 scripts and 15,000 other items from TV & film and its contributors.

Most recently, AMC’ Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner donated 150 boxes from the iconic cable drama to the center. It will take over a year for Ransom Center curators to go through the collection, but as part of the Stories to Tell exhibit that runs February 6 – July 16, 2017, the Center has selected a few pieces as a preview of the Mad Men collection.

img_5814The selected pieces like their clever ad campaigns from Mad Men tell a story of the in depth nature that show creators and writers went into devise an authentic depiction of that period. The ad proposal is just not a shell prop, but details full ad concepts for Mad Men’s clients like Hershey’s and Philip Morris. The display is a mere snapshot of the historical archive, which includes costume, props, and other pieces from the hit drama that ended in 2015.

The Center also has an extensive archive from Woody Allen, Sunset Boulevard actress, Gloria Swanson as well as Robert Deniro and others.

img_5821Robert Deniro has contributed his life’s work to the center and they receive a box from the actor about every 2 years. His personal collection is a way he can share with his creative process with others. This year actually marks the 40th Anniversary of the Martin Scorsese film, Taxi Driver, a Best Picture nominee. As part of that celebration, the Ransom Center is showcasing a collection from the film that stars Deniro.  

img_5820While the cinematic collection is just a facet of the spectrum of works preserved by the Center, many pieces have a common underlying theme. Whether it’s James Joyce’s notes on formulating the infamous novel, Ulysses or Deniro’s notes on character development for his Oscar nominated performance in Taxi Driver or even Einstein formulas developing the gravitational wave theory, the pieces give insight into the creative processes of these brilliant cultural icons.

This is part 1 of 2 part series.

 

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