From Cameo to Close-up: Louisiana in Film

The Historic New Orleans Collection celebrated Louisiana’s role on the silver screen with From Cameo to Close-up: Louisiana in Film.

The free exhibition featured posters, lobby cards, photographs, press books, and other ephemera from the silent era to the mid-1990s. All of the items, which covered classic films and lesser known works, were from THNOC’s permanent holdings.

Louisiana’s climate and picturesque scenery have attracted the attention of filmmakers since the silent era. Film treatments—particularly adaptations of works by noted writers such as Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, and Anne Rice—have played an important role in shaping national and international perceptions of our region and have helped fuel the rapid growth of the Louisiana tourism economy in the second half of the 20th century.

Thanks largely to tax incentives passed by the state legislature in 2002, the film industry has emerged as a significant economic engine for Louisiana. Inspired by the dynamic nature of the industry, THNOC has initiated an energetic collecting effort centered on Louisiana and film. Two major acquisitions—the Don Lee Keith New Orleans in Film Collection, acquired in 2011, and the New Orleans and Louisiana Film Collection, acquired in 2012—form the core of THNOC’s film holdings.

For more on the exhibition, read Susan Doll’s recent blog post.

From Cameo to Close-up: Louisiana in Film
April 9–November 26, 2014
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
Admission is free.

Above: Poster, 1918 Russian-born silent screen star Alla Nazimova stars in Revelation, filmed in New Orleans in 1918; THNOC, 2012.0093.23

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