Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Culture Night 2014 at the Hardiman Library!



The annual wave of all things culture is ready to pour over Galway City and County (as well as all of Ireland!) as Culture Night 2014 takes place on 19th September. The Library is delighted to be staging a series of events that celebrates the richness of its Archive collections. From 6.00pm, all are welcome to join us for a special evening of film, talks and tours which covers over 500 years of local and national history as well as the story of how Galway and Hollywood came together - a story which is recorded in the archive of the Oscar-winning director, John Huston, whose vast film archive is held by the Library.

Commissioned by John Huston in 1958 to prepare a scenario for a film on Sigmund Freud, Jean Paul Sartre, the French philosopher, actually wrote two scenarios - the first before visiting Huston at St Clerans, County Galway in autumn 1959, and the other afterwards. Both were far too long but, after much pruning and rewriting, Freud: The Secret Passion, premiered in 1962.

This illustrated talk by Prof. James Gosling will explore the script of The Secret Passion contained within the Huston Family Archive at the James Hardiman Library, written by Sartre, edited by Huston and then later rejected by Sartre. Prof. Gosling will share his extensive archive research on the script held at the Hardiman Library and also on the other various versions held in Paris. The findings will prove to be an entertaining and enlightening evening showcasing one of Galway's great cinematic histories.

There will be a special showcase of archival material from the Huston Family Archive.

Following this event, at 7.00pm, all are welcome to join us for a tour of 'Performing Ireland 1904 - 2014', an exhibition showcasing the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive and also a tour of the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room of the Hardiman Library.

Date:   19th September
Time:  6.00pm
Venue: Moore Institute Seminar Room, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway
Contact: barry.houlihan@nuigalway.ie

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