BLOG UPDATE: As the comment below hopes for, the “breast-feeding contraption” from ‘Meet the Fockers’ will reportedly be part of the exhibit. It’s joined by “The driver’s license De Niro earned to operate a cab in preparation for ‘Taxi Driver,’ a letter from Martin Scorsese regarding ‘The King of Comedy,'” and much more. Source: Austin American-Statesman.
Robert De Niro Donates Collection of Film Materials to Harry Ransom Center
AUSTIN, Texas – Actor, director, producer Robert De Niro has donated his collection of film-related materials to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
With materials from the late 1960s to the present, the archive includes annotated scripts, notes, research materials and an extensive collection of the costumes De Niro wore in his films. The paper portion of the collection, more than 100 boxes, has considerable research value. It includes scripts and books with handwritten notations, correspondence with film notables such as Martin Scorsese and Elia Kazan, background research and the notebooks De Niro kept of his films, all showing the evolution from text to moving image.
The costume portion of the collection also includes more than 3,000 individual costume items, props from many of De Niro’s films and a full body cast used in the 1994 production of “Frankenstein.”
“One of the most important things about the Harry Ransom Center is that the material will be accessible to students and the public,” said De Niro. “Ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.”
“This acquisition broadens opportunities for scholars and students to study new areas of film, such as the actor’s role in authorship,” said Thomas F. Staley, director of the Ransom Center. “With its emphasis on role development, from research to costume selection to performance, the De Niro collection will strengthen the Center’s holdings in this field considerably as it gives scholars and students the opportunity to study a seminal figure in late 20th-century cinema.”
The De Niro archive enhances the film collection at the Ransom Center, joining the archives of such film legends as David O. Selznick, Gloria Swanson and Ernest Lehman, and adding significantly to the Center’s holdings in Hollywood filmmaking of the late 20th century. A fellowship will be established to support scholarly research in the collection.