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MS Thr 499

Alexeieff, Alexandre, 1901-1982. Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker correspondence with Cecile Starr, 1962-1982: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 499
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Alexeieff, Alexandre, 1901-1982.
Title: Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker correspondence with Cecile Starr,
Date(s): 1962-1982.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, French, and Japanese.
Abstract: Correspondence of animators Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker with their American representative and friend Cecile Starr and promotional material on Alexeieff's animation films.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006MT-140. Purchased from Cecile Starr, 35 Strong Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401; received: 2006.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin and Jonathan Gray

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker Correspondence with Cecile Starr, 1962-1982 (MS Thr 499 ). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Alexandre Alexeieff (1901-1982) was born in Russia, into a diplomat's family. He spent his early childhood in Istanbul. In 1921 he left Russia for France, where he began his career as a designer, book illustrator, and animator. In 1930 he met Claire Parker (1906-1981), an American art student living in Paris. Together they formed a lifelong partnership working on animated films, while Alexeieff also continued working as an illustrator of Russian and Western classics.
Cecile Starr (1921-) is an American film scholar, film maker, and producer. She has worked as a film critic, teacher, lecturer and promoter over a period of five decades. She was married to American film director and screen writer, Aram Boyajian.

Arrangement

Arranged into two series:

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of Alexandre Alexeieff and his wife and collaborator Claire Parker with their American agent and friend Cecile Starr and her family. Matters discussed include: promoting Alexeieff's films in America, including Night on bald mountain and The nose; film and publication rights and payments for his illustrations to Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and Fyodor Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov; discussions of technical aspects of animation; as well as private concerns of both families.
Collection also includes videotapes with copies of Alexeieff's movies, and promotional material on Alexeieff's animation films assembled by Cecile Starr.

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