'In a Lonely Place,' but Found a Good Home

HRC acquires Nicholas Ray's archives

Nicholas Ray (r) with Dennis Hopper, circa 1971 (Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center)
Nicholas Ray (r) with Dennis Hopper, circa 1971 (Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center) (Photo by Mark Goldstein)

In consecutive years, filmmaker Nicholas Ray hit his commercial peak with 1955's Rebel Without a Cause and (arguably) his artistic peak with 1956's Bigger Than Life. But he continued making movies – or, in some cases, trying to make movies – for another 25 years, and the Harry Ransom Center has the goods on all of 'em. In a major acquisition announced today, the HRC will provide a home to Ray's voluminous archives, including scripts, storyboards, personal correspondence, photographs, and teaching materials. See next week's Chronicle for a closer look at the holdings.

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