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Tony Pugliese Film Collection, ca. 1932-1965 : Guide

Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: hfa00015
Repository: Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Tony Pugliese Film Collection, ca. 1932-1965 : Guide.
Date(s): 0000-2999
Quantity: 1 collection (22 16mm film prints)
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: The Tony Pugliese collection of 16mm film prints was assembled by film collector Tony Pugliese during his lifetime and was donated to the Harvard Film Archive in summer 2010 by the collector's daughter, Michelle Mollica. This seemingly eclectic group of classical Hollywood films ranging from 1932 to 1965 is threaded together by the recurring presence of actor Paul Muni. Some of the films also star other Hollywood screen legends like Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Bette Davis. However, Pugliese's interest in Muni's films is truly the highlight of the collection.

Acquisition Information:

Tony Pugliese's film collection was donated to the Harvard Film Archive by Michelle Mollica in 2010.

Processing Information:

Arranged & encoded by: Diana Katz, August 2011 & Amy Sloper, March 2012

Access Restrictions:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the staff of the Harvard Film Archive.
Film prints are made accessible by appointment only and in close consultation with HFA staff. Although films do not circulate for individual use, students, filmmakers, artists, and researchers are encouraged to use the collections on-site. If their condition allows, prints from the HFA collection may be viewed on a flatbed viewer at the HFA's Conservation Center.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation:

Tony Pugliese Film Collection, ca. 1932-1965. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Paul Muni Biography

Often deemed "The New Lon Chaney," actor Paul Muni was able to convincingly take on the challenges of any role. Born Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund in 1895 to a Jewish family, the Austrian-Hungarian born actor moved to the United States where he started his career at an early age on the Yiddish theater circuit. His talent was affirmed in his breakout performance as the power-hungry, yet troubled gangster, Tony Camonte, in Howard Hawks' Scarface (1932). After this triumph, Muni signed a contract with Warner Bros. where he went on to star in a series of diverse, yet substantive biopics including The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) – a role which earned him an Academy Award. Muni continued his lucrative acting career on both the big screen and onstage until his health began to deteriorate. He is remembered for his dedication and selectivity to his array of acting projects and characterizations.

Arrangement

Films are listed alphabetically by title. Filmographic information, including year, director, and description, are included when available.

Scope and Content

The Tony Pugliese collection of 16mm film prints was assembled by film collector Tony Pugliese during his lifetime and was donated to the Harvard Film Archive in summer 2010 by the collector's daughter, Michelle Mollica. This seemingly eclectic group of classical Hollywood films ranging from 1932 to 1965 is threaded together by the recurring presence of actor Paul Muni. Some of the films also star other Hollywood screen legends like Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Bette Davis. However, Pugliese's interest in Muni's films is truly the highlight of the collection.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Armed Forces in motion pictures
Biographical films
Crime films
Feature
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Film noir
Gangster films
Historical films
Prison films
War films
Muni, Paul, 1895-1967
Columbia Pictures Corporation
G.S. Productions
First National Pictures, Inc.
Samuel Goldwyn Films (Firm)
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Vitaphone Corp.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967)

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