Finding aid for the Boris Leven papers 2364
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USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
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Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
Title: Boris Leven papers
Creator: Leven, Boris
Identifier/Call Number: 2364
Physical Description: 105.54 Linear Feet 45 boxes
Date (inclusive): 1933-1975
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of art director and production designer Boris Leven (1908-1986). There are approximately 150 art director's sketches from films and other productions worked on by Leven; theater music and dance programs; production design sketches from motion pictures. Additional materials include set and location stills, sketches, scripts, notes from other Leven films, and cassettes of interviews with Leven.
Language of Material: English.
This collection contains the papers of art director and production designer Boris Leven (1908-1986). There are approximately 150 art director's sketches from films and other productions worked on by Leven; theater music and dance programs; production design sketches from motion pictures including Tillie and Gus (1933), The Shanghai Gesture (1941), Tales of Manhattan (1942), West Side Story (1961), and Star! (1968). Additional set and location stills, sketches, scripts, and notes from other Leven films including Criss-Cross (1949), Sudden Fear (1952), and Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973). There are preliminary notes for Mandingo (1975) and Black Sunday (1977) and preliminary sketches for New York, New York. There are also cassettes of interviews with Leven.
Boris Leven (1908-1986) was a Russian-born art director and production designer. He attended the University of Southern California and received a Bachelor of Arts in architecture. Leven won an Academy Award for Best Color Art Direction for his work on "West Side Story" (1961). As an art director, Leven worked on "The Flying Deuces" (1939), "Hello Frisco, Hello" (1943), "Invaders from Mars" (1953), and "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1973). His credits as production designer include "Donovan's Brain" (1953), "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959), "The Sound of Music" (1965), "Star!" (1968), "The Andromeda Strain" (1971), "The Last Waltz" (1978), "The Color of Money" (1986), and "Giant" (1956).
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Gift of Boris Leven, July 30, 1969.
[Box/folder no. or item name], Boris Leven papers, Collection no. 2364, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
This collection is unprocessed.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Motion picture art directors -- Archival resources
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Archival resources
Set designers -- United States -- Archival resources
Interviews -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
Leven, Boris -- Archives