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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 317

Boris Bilinsky costume designs for cinema, theater and ballet

Costume designs for motion pictures, opera, drama, and ballet.

Dates

  • 1924-1943

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French, Russian and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Extent

.3 linear feet (30 drawings in 30 folders)

Includes costume designs for motion pictures Casanova (1927), Sheherazade (1928), Des Weisse teufel (1929), Stjenka Razin (1936), and Amore imperiale (1941) filmed in Germany and Italy by Aleksandr Volkov (Alexandre Volkoff); Le lion de Mogols (1924) filmed in France by Jean Epstein, Michel Strogoff filmed in France by Jacques de Baroncelli; Paura d'amare (1942) filmed in Italy by Gaetano Amata; De Mayerling a Sarajevo (1940) filmed in USA by Max Ophuls; and Le Prince Charmant (1924) filmed in France by Victor Tourjansky. Aslo includes designs for opera Tsar Saltan, ballet Princesse Cygne, and drama Saint Joan.

Collection also includes notes (photocopies) from Boris Bilinsky's grandson, René Clémenti-Bilinsky who identified many misidentified designs.

Biographical / Historical

Boris Konstantinovich Bilinsky (1900-1948) was a Russian-born designer. He left Russia in 1920, and moved to Berlin where he worked with prominent Russian emigre movie directors and theater companies. In the 1930s he moved to Italy where he continued to work as a theater and cinema designer and graphic artist.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title of production.

Physical Location

pfd

Custodial History

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Arne H. Ekstrom, 1976-1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

76M-28. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arne H. Ekstrom, 1976 Decemebr 28. No accession number. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arne H. Ekstrom, 1981 December 15. No accession number. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arne H. Ekstrom, 1982 December 15. No accession number. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arne H. Ekstrom, 1983 December 9.

Processing Information

Processed by Irina Klyagin, 2018.
Link to catalog
Title
Bilinsky, Boris Konstantinovich, 1900-1948. Boris Bilinsky costume designs for cinema, theater and ballet, 1924-1943 (MS Thr 317): Guide
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Date
2018 February 8
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
EAD ID
hou02890

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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