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Documentary film of Ethel Lilian Voynich watching the 1955 film of her novel the Gadfly

Call Number: GEN MSS 1356
Content Description

Short black-and-white 16mm film (2 minutes, 36 seconds) documenting a visit by an unidentified filmmaker to the New York City home of Ethel Lilian Voynich, author of The Gadfly. The film is silent. Voynich is seen watching the 1955 Russian film version of The Gadfly (Овод), talking, and gesturing toward books and a reproduction of a portrait of a man by Italian renaissance painter Franciabigio.

The documentary film is accompanied by a copy of the 1955 Russian film adaptation of The Gadfly, Овод, on three reels (16mm, in color, with sound). The film was directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer and stars Oleg Strizhenov, Mariana Strizhenova, and Nikolai Simonov, with a score by Dmitri Shostakovitch.

Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 1-4 (films): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Between 1955 and 1960.
0.71 Linear Feet (4 reels + 1 box)
Related Names
Voynich, E. L. (Ethel Lillian), 1864-1960
Kraus, Hans Peter, 1907-1988
Language of Materials