Ridley Scott Donates Collection to USC School of Cinematic Arts

Ridley Scott - P 2014
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Ridley Scott - P 2014

The director's gift includes memorabilia from movies ranging from 'The Duellists' to 'Alien' and 'Gladiator.'

Director Ridley Scott has donated his collection of memorabilia to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Elizabeth M. Daley, the school's dean, announced Thursday.

Scott's collection includes scripts, awards, photography, storyboards and production-design boards, editing notes and various memoranda and film elements.

It covers his career as a feature-film director, from his first film, The Duellists in 1977, through 2012. More than 20 films are represented, including Alien, American Gangster, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Thelma & Louise.

“This is a most incredible gift, and we are tremendously grateful. Ridley’s storied career is nearly unparalleled. He has traversed genres and historical periods, mixed fantasy with biographical dramas, epics with small, personal stories. There is no one like him, and his legacy of memorabilia will be kept close to our hearts for generations to come,” said Daley.

“I continue to be impressed by the USC School of Cinematic Arts,” commented Scott. “Perhaps if I had gone there, my film career would have started much sooner.”