Audiovisual Materials
Audiovisual Materials
The Video, Audio, and Cinema Materials Department was established in 1989. It keeps rare Russian and foreign gramophone records (around 11 thousand units), magnetic phonograms (around 16 thousand units), video materials (more than 2000 units), audiotapes, and compact discs (2000 units). The collection of gramophone records is based on the assemblage of Ivan Boyarsky. It has more than 8 thousand records, including the first records of Feodor Chaliapin, Leonid Sobinov, Dmitry Smirnov, Lev Sibiryakov, Antonina Nezhdanova, Nadezhda Obukhova, Nadezhda Plevitskaya, Ivan Kozlovsky, Sergei Lemeshev, and also the great Italian singers — Enrico Caruso, Titta Ruffo, Mattia Battistini, Beniamino Gigli. There are also some recordings of spiritual music. A large part of the collection is devoted to performances by the Moscow Art Academic Theatre, the Maly Theatre, the Vakhtangov Theatre, provincial theatres. The collection of video materials was found in the late 1980s. There are unique recordings related to Mikhail Chekhov, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Alexander Tairov, Alisa Koonen, Solomon Mikhoels, Anna Pavlova. The museum holds newsreel footage “The Biomechanics” (1923), “Newsreel: Ballet of the ‘20s”, films “Ivan the Terrible” (1914) with Feodor Chaliapin, “Man from the Restaurant” with Mikhail Chekhov, “Jewish Happiness” with Solomon Mikhoels. We possess fragments of performances The Government Inspector (1926), A Profitable Position (1923), The Bedbug (1929), a rehearsal of The Forest and Krechinsky’s Wedding (1933), productions by Anatoly Efros, Georgy Tovstonogov, Oleg Yefremov, Yuri Lyubimov, Pyotr Fomenko, Mark Zakharov, Galina Volchek, Eimuntas Nekrošius, Peter Brook, Giorgio Strehler, Franco Zeffirelli, Eduardo de Filippo, performances by choreographers — August Bournonville, Boris Eifman, George Balanchine, Maurice Béjart, Mats Ek, Roland Petit, Yuri Grigorovich, and many others. There is also a collection of museum’s video chronicles: meetings with theatrical figures, openings of exhibitions.
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