New Museum Exhibit Honors Silent Movies


The Oscars were all about Hollywood history last night and on Wednesday the Natural History Museum is getting into the act, adding a collection of objects seen in The Artist to a special exhibit of historic movie artifacts drawn from their vast collection begun in the 1930s. Inspired by two big winners set in the silent era, Hugo and The Artist, the museum is bringing out a collection of iconic objects including Buster Keaton’s porkpie hat and glasses, a dagger used by Douglas Fairbanks in The Thief of Baghdad and impossibly rare early projectors like the Praxinoscope and Lumière Cinématographe. Head out to the county-run William S. Hart Museum in Newhall to see the show which later this week will be enhanced with a big stash of props from The Artist (including a megaphone, makeup table and candlestick phone) shipping directly from History For Hire, the North Hollywood prop house that provided them to the film. Last night, Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin Thanked Fairbanks himself, whose “spirit and joie de vivre” inspired him in the role. Your spirit should guide you up the 5 Freeway to the Hart Museum before the show closes on June 1st.

William S. Hart Ranch and Museum

24151 Newhall Ave  Newhall, CA 91321

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Photograph Courtesy The Weinstein Company