HRC Opens the Doors on De Niro

The Harry Ransom Center bulks up its movie holdings

This sweet leopard print now lives at the Harry Ransom Center.
This sweet leopard print now lives at the Harry Ransom Center. (by Pete Smith)

The Harry Ransom Center is perhaps best known for its insanely impressive literary holdings (Gutenberg Bible, anyone?), but it also has an ever-growing trove of movie-related treasures, too. Hot on the heels of its acquisition of Detour actress Ann Savage's collection comes news that the HRC's Robert De Niro archive is now open to researchers and the public.

The collection – which is estimated to be worth more than $5 million – includes annotated scripts and correspondence and, rather intriguingly, a whole host of makeup and costume-related goods, such as the iconic boxing robe De Niro wore as Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (see photo).

"Because of the comprehensiveness of the costume holdings, scholars can witness the conceptualization and realization of a character not only within one cinematic moment, but throughout the entire film," says Helen Adair, the HRC's associate curator of performing arts, in a press release put out yesterday.

You can read more about the collection and find a link to the inventory at the HRC site.

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