Why, Yes, I Do Give a Damn About the Ransom Center Film Exhibit

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The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has a remarkable collection of film-related memorabilia -- everything from David Selznick's archives to Robert De Niro's taxi-driver's license. And today comes word that during the AFI Dallas International Film Festival has gotten the Ransom Center to schlep some of that collection up to Dallas during the fest, which commences March 27, for a two-week exhibition at Neiman Marcus' downtown location.

Says the media release, the entirety of which is after the jump, locals will get to stay local and still see such items as storyboards and costumes from Gone with the Wind; De Niro costumes from Goodfellas and Casino (or, as I call 'em, suits); and storyboards and scripts from such Alfred Hitchcock films as Spellbound and North by Northwest. There's be more than 200 pieces in the exhibit -- and it'll be the only thing at Neimans that don't cost ya nothin', so it has that going for it, which is nice. --Robert Wilonsky


Neiman Marcus features an exhibit of holdings from The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin in Downtown Dallas Store to honor AFI DALLAS.

Dallas, TX, February 6, 2008 – Neiman Marcus celebrates the second annual AFI DALLAS International Film Festival Presented by Target, Founding Sponsor Victory Park with exhibits of film ephemera from The Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Display highlights from the Ransom Center’s film holdings include glamour photographs of iconic Hollywood stars, such as Greta Garbo and Cary Grant; storyboards and costumes from Gone with the Wind, including Scarlett’s curtain dress; Gloria Swanson’s annotated script for Sunset Boulevard; dream sequence storyboards from director Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound; drafts of screenwriter Ernest Lehman’s North by Northwest; and costumes of actor, director, producer Robert De Niro, from such films as Goodfellas and Casino. The one of a kind exhibit will include more than 200 pieces.

The two-week celebration of film and fashion at the downtown Dallas flagship store begins March 27th and runs through April 12th and is free and open to the public.

“We are very pleased to partner with AFI DALLAS and Neiman Marcus on this display of remarkable film materials from the Ransom Center,” said Thomas F. Staley, Director of the Center.“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the Ransom Center to share its collections with a new audience of film lovers.”

“Neiman Marcus is delighted to participate in the second annual AFI DALLAS Film Festival by presenting, "Through the Lens Clearly - Icons and Images," said Steve Kornajcik, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services, Neiman Marcus. “Whether you are an ardent film buff or someone who just likes movies, The Ransom Center exhibit presents a rare opportunity for the Dallas community to view first hand items from this world renowned collection.”

AFI DALLAS Founder, Director and Chairman Liener Temerlin added, “The Ransom Center exhibit at Neiman Marcus of costumes, photos, and memorabilia of past films and filmmakers is extraordinarily appropriate for the AFI DALLAS Film Festival. I am paraphrasing, but it has been said that, ‘If we can see further, it’s because we stand on the rungs of a ladder those before us built.’”

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