For Immediate Release:
Media Contacts:
Anne Robichaux
The Historic New Orleans Collection

Sarah Chambless Federer
Gambel Communications

WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection

WHAT: Screening of "Blaze" starring Paul Newman as Earl K. Long
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "From Cameo to Close-up: Louisiana in Film

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m.

  • There will be a brief introduction prior to the screening. The film runs approximately 120 minutes.
  • Exhibition on view through Nov. 26, 2014
  • Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: THNOC's Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans, La.

HOW: Admission is free. More information: or call (504) 523-4662

WHY: In conjunction with the current exhibition "From Cameo to Close-up: Louisiana in Film. THNOC is presenting a free seven-part film series one Saturday each month through November. The fifth film, "Blaze" (1989), starring Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich and Jerry Hardin, will be shown Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Based on the 1974 memoir "Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry," this fictionalized film chronicles the romance between a young burlesque dancer and eccentric Louisiana governor Earl K. Long. Lolita Davidovich stars in the title role, while Newman portrays the aging politician. The film, which was nominated for an Academy Award in cinematography, was shot in multiple cities around Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Long's birthplace of Winnfield.

"From Cameo to Close-up" celebrates Louisiana's starring roles on the silver screen with posters, lobby cards, photographs, press books and other ephemera from the silent era to the mid-1990s. All of the items, which cover classic films and lesser-known works, are from THNOC's permanent holdings. Admission is free, and the exhibition is on view through Nov. 26, 2014. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visit or call (504) 523-4662 for more information.

All screenings will be held at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., and will begin at 10:30 a.m. The remaining schedule is as follows.

  • Bonus screening Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m.:  "Tarzan of the Apes" (1918), starring Elmo Lincoln, Enid Markey, George B. French and Gordon Griffith
  •  Oct. 25: "Miller's Crossing" (1990), starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro and Albert Finney
  • Nov. 22: "These Amazing Shadows" (2011), featuring John Waters, Tim Roth and Rob Reiner