This collection documents the film collaborations and friendship of German-born Dadaist, Hans Richter, and New York photographer
and cinematographer, Arnold Eagle. It includes color film footage, out-takes and audiotracks for several of Richter's post-World
War II films, as well as letters, notes, scripts, sketches, photographs, printed material and storyboards.
A Hungarian-born photographer and cinematographer, Arnold Eagle is known for his documentary images of Jewish emigrant and
urban life on the lower East Side of Manhattan. Eagle immigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1929 and accepted a position working
for the WPA in 1935. During the 1940s he began working with the artist Roy Striker and was later sent as a still photographer
and cameraman to Louisiana to work with Robert J. Flaherty on his film
Louisana story. Prior to leaving for Louisiana, Eagle met Hans Richter, the German-born Dadaist and filmmaker, and began what would become
a life-long friendship. They collaborated on a number of films including:
Dreams that money can buy,
A Chess sonata in eight episodes for color film,
Chesscetera (Passionate Pastime),
1956-1961, and the creation of an animation film, 1970-1971, based on Kasimir Malevich's script of 1927. Eagle became an instructor
of cinematography at the New School for Social Research in 1955.
12.0 linear feet
Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers, except the original films and videos, which may not be viewed until reformatting is
complete. Reformatted use copies are available for the Malevich film.