I love my college. I'm taking a course in sci-fi films this semester and my professor had our class meet at the Lilly Library so we could be shown just a small portion of the library's large sci-fi collection. For those of you who don't know about the Lilly Library, they have crazy large collections, complete with first editions, screenplays, press kits, film stills, actual films, comics, and hundreds of other things. It's insane. People donate stuff to them all the time, and I actually got to see some of Pauline Kael's collection today. Apparently, when she wrote a review for a movie, she would compile a folder of materials on it, including scraps of paper with her own handwritten notes, coloring books, and various publicity things. It was so cool. I also got to handle the shooting script for the first Star Wars film (before it was officially titled A New Hope), as well as screenplays for The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Thing from Another World.
But what was most exciting about the Lilly Library today was their Orson Welles exhibit. As I wrote at the beginning of the year, IU is celebrating Welles's 100th birthday and this exhibit is just one of the amazing things they're doing. The IU Cinema won't start showing his films until April, but as soon as they do, I'll keep you all apprised. Anyway, I was able to take photos and I figured you guys might like to see all the cool stuff I saw. I didn't take a picture of every thing, which you probably won't believe after you finish this post. Basically this entry is going to be photo after photo. I tried to put them in order of the numbered cases they were in, too. It was a little tricky to take some of the pictures because everything was encased in glass, and a few might be blurry--I did the best I could. Enjoy! And if you're in Indiana, seriously, check out IU's events to celebrate Welles!