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Eagle (Arnold) Papers and Films Related to Hans Richter
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Arnold Eagle papers and films related to Hans Richter
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1990, bulk 1946-1981
    Number: 970021
    Creator/Collector: Eagle, Arnold
    Physical Description: 12 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: 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.
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    Language: Collection material is in English .

    Biographical/Historical Note

    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, 1944-1947, 8x8, 1950-1957, A Chess sonata in eight episodes for color film , 1954-1957, Chesscetera (Passionate Pastime), 1956-1957, Dadascope, 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.

    Administrative Information


    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.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Arnold Eagle papers and films related to Hans Richter, 1927-1990, undated, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 970021.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was acquired in 1997.

    Processing History

    Scott Wolf processed the collection in 1997. Andra Darlington processed and described the film in August 2000. Malevich films reformatted by Film Technology, September 2001 and July 2002.

    Digitized Material

    Selected audio and films from the collection were digitized and are available online: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/970021av

    Related Material

    Hans Richter papers, Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 880428.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Arnold Eagle papers and films comprise documents recording the film collaborations and personal friendship between the German-born Dadaist, Hans Richter, and the New York photographer, Arnold Eagle. This collection includes color film footage, out-takes and audiotracks for several of Hans Richter's post-World War II film productions including, Dreams that money can buy, 8x8, and Richter's incomplete animation film based upon a Kasimir Malevich script of 1927. It contains documents related to Eagle's repeated attempts to complete the Malevich animation, most notably, correspondence, film scripts, storyboards, color film footage, and sound tracks. This documentation explains the difficulties confronted during the film's production and the reasons for its unfinished condition. Correspondence between Richter and Eagle recount their production techniques and provide insights into the management of the Richter estate. Additional materials include: published brochures, serials, 35mm slides, photographic negatives, 16mm color film, synchronized sound tracks, 1/4" magnetic audio tape, and 3/4" Umatic video tape.

    Arrangement note

    The papers are arranged in 6 series: Series I. Correspondence and documents, 1929-1990, undated Series II. Documentation on Marcel Duchamp, 1958-1974, undated Series III. Interviews with Hans Richter, 1966-1970, undated Series IV. Dreams that money can buy, 1945-1988, undated Series V. 8x8, 1950-1957, undated Series VI. Malevich animation, 1927-1981, undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Richter, Hans, 1888-1976
    Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich, 1878-1935
    Eagle, Arnold
    Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968

    Subjects - Topics

    Art and motion pictures
    Experimental films
    Cinematography, Abstract
    Dadaism in motion pictures

    Subjects - Titles

    8 x 8 (Motion picture) Dreams that money can buy (Motion picture)

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Sound recordings
    Acetate film
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original
    Letters (correspondence)
    Motion pictures (information artifacts)


    Richter, Hans, 1888-1976
    Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
    Eagle, Arnold
    Malevich, Kazimir Severinovich, 1878-1935


    Publications consulted by the cataloger.Malewitsch, Kasimir. Suprematismus: die gegenstandslose Welt. Köln: M. DuMont Schauberg, 1962. Richter, Hans. Begegnungen von Dada bis heute. Köln: M. DuMont Schauberg, 1973.