75 Years, 75 Days: Donate now to support the fall 2014 “Gone With The Wind” exhibition

The Harry Ransom Center is raising $50,000 in 75 days for the Center’s 2014 exhibition The Making of Gone With The Wind. This Hollywood classic premiered in 1939 and will mark its 75th anniversary in 2014.

Film producer David O. Selznick’s 1939 epic film Gone With The Wind was embroiled in controversy before a single frame was shot. Based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, the film’s depictions of race, violence, and cultural identity in the South during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction continue to both compel and trouble audiences around the world.

The exhibition will reveal surprising new stories about the making of this quintessential film from Hollywood’s Golden Age and illustrate why it remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released.

The exhibition will include over 300 original items from the Selznick archive housed at the Ransom Center, including behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards, correspondence, production records, audition footage, and fan mail. The exhibition will also feature gowns worn by Vivien Leigh as the beautiful and ambitious Scarlett O’Hara. These recently conserved costumes will be displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.

Your support will provide funds for outreach, additional docent-led tours, a published exhibition catalog, and complementary programming and presentations. Donors will be acknowledged on the Ransom Center’s website and receive the following:

$10-$499: Commemorative save-the-date postcard with an image from the Ransom Center’s collection.

$500-$999: Complimentary Ransom Center membership for one year, at the dual level, which includes two tickets to the exhibition opening party.

$1,000-$4,999: Complimentary copy of the exhibition catalog.

$5,000+: Special curators’ tour for up to six people.

75 Days, 75 Years

75 Days, 75 Years

March is Texas History Month

The Martyrs of the AlamoThis month celebrate the rich history of Texas and commemorate the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo with a special screening of the 1915 silent film The Martyrs of the Alamo at the Bullock Museum. This is the earliest surviving film to depict the 1836 standoff between Texian volunteers and Santa Anna’s Mexican forces. The film’s historical biases illuminate how 100 years have changed perspectives on that critical event in the fight for Texas’s independence.

This special screening will be accompanied live by The Invincible Czars, presenting their original score for this silent film classic.

FREE for Bullock Museum Members/$10 for non-Members
Reservations required. Please call (512) 936-4649.

Harry Ransom Center hosts Biblical Film Series this summer

In conjunction with its current exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence, the Harry Ransom Center hosts the Biblical Film Series throughout June and July.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Patrons are encouraged to visit the exhibition, which is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, before attending the screenings.

The following films will be screened:

June 7, 7 p.m.: The Ten Commandments (1923), directed by Cecil B. DeMille and featuring Theodore Roberts and Leatrice Joy. The first part of the film tells the biblical story of Moses (Theodore Roberts) leading the Hebrew people from Egypt to the Promised Land. The second part, a moral parable set the 1920s, tells of two brothers, rivals for the love of Mary (Leatrice Joy), who come into conflict when John (Richard Dix) discovers Dan (Rod La Rocque) used shoddy materials to construct a cathedral. This silent film, which runs 136 minutes, depicts both the story of the commandments and their application to contemporary 1920s society.

June 21, 6 p.m.: The Ten Commandments (1956), directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston. The film tells the story of the Egyptian prince Moses (Heston), who learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people from bondage under his adoptive brother Pharaoh Ramses II (Yul Brynner). Please note that this film will begin at 6 p.m. due to its 220-minute run-time.

July 12, 7 p.m.: Samson and Delilah (1949), directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature. Based on the Biblical account found in the Book of Judges, this film tells the story of Samson (Mature), the strongest man in the tribe of Dan. After a confrontation takes the life of Samson’s betrothed, Semadar (Angela Lansbury), her sister Delilah (Lamarr) vows to avenge her by seducing Samson, learning the secret of his strength, and betraying him to the Philistines. The film runs 131 minutes.

 July 26, 7 p.m.: Solomon and Sheba (1959), starring Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida. In this non-canonical retelling of the Biblical account, King David names his younger son Solomon (Brynner) successor ahead of his older son Adonijah (George Sanders). Solomon falls in love with the Queen of Sheba (Lollobrigida), who, unbeknownst to him, has allied herself with the Pharaoh of Egypt, aims to divide the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and uses the disaffected Adonijah in her plans. The film runs 139 minutes.