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05 August 2016

EFSP's Dazzling Dozen: News from Didier

We were happy to receive new scans from Didier Hanson in Spain. He acquired interesting rare vintage postcards dating from the era of the Russian Empire. Included were postcards of legendary stage productions of the Moscow Art Theatre, directed by Konstantin Stanislavsky. There was also a series of postcards of Feodor Chaliapin, probably the best opera singer ever. Didier also sent us postcards of the silent film divas Vera Kholodnaya, Vera Karalli and Pola Negri. My favourite is the one with a scene from Ernst Lubitsch's Die Augen der Mumie Ma/The Eyes of the Mummy (1918). Watch the mirror!

Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1909
Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1909. Russian postcard. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Russian poet and actor Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) was a prominent figure of the Russian Futurist movement. He produced a large and diverse body of work: he wrote poems, wrote and directed plays, appeared in films, edited the art journal LEF, and created agitprop posters in support of the Communist Party during the Russian Civil War. Though Mayakovsky's work regularly demonstrated ideological and patriotic support for the ideology of the Communist Party, his relationship with the Soviet state was always complex and often tumultuous.

Vasali Kachalov in Three Sisters
Russian postcard. Photo: Moscow Art Theatre. Publicity still for the stage play Tri sestry/Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. It was written in 1900 and first performed in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre. Vasily Kachalov played the part of Baron Nikolaj Lvovich Tuzenbach. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vasali Kachalov in Three Sisters
Russian postcard. Photo: K. Fisher / Moscow Art Theatre. Publicity still for the stage play Tri sestry/Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. It was written in 1900 and first performed in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre. Vasily Kachalov played the part of Baron Nikolaj Lvovich Tuzenbach. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vasali Kachalov and Vera Vsevolodovna Baranovskaya in Three Sisters
Russian postcard. Photo: K. Fisher / Moscow Art Theatre. Publicity still for the stage play Tri sestry/Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. It was written in 1900 and first performed in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre. Vasily Kachalov played the part of Baron Nikolaj Lvovich Tuzenbach and Vera Baranovskaya played Irina, the youngest sister. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Russian film and stage actor Vasily Kachalov (1875-1948) was one of Konstantin Stanislavsky's best known performers. He led the so-called Kachalov Group within the Moscow Art Theatre. He also appeared in four films.



Feodor Chaliapin
Feodor Chaliapin. Russian postcard, no. 2036. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Feodor Chaliapin as Mephisto
Feodor Chaliapin as Mephisto. Russian postcard, no. 499. Photo: K. Fisher. Publicity still for the stage production of Arrigo Boito's opera Mefistofele. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin (Russian: Фёдор Ива́нович Шаля́пин) (1873–1938) was a Russian opera singer. The possessor of a large, deep and expressive bass voice, he enjoyed an important international career at major opera houses and is often credited with establishing the tradition of naturalistic acting in his chosen art form.

Pauline Polaire
Polaire. French postcard, no. 8307. Photo: H. Manuel. Publicity still for the stage play Claudine à Paris (1902) at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vera Karalli, 1917
Vera Karalli, 1917. Russian postcard. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Vera Kholodnaya
Russian postcard, no. 140. Photo: publicity still for Posledneiye tango/Last Tango (Vyacheslav Viskovsky, 1918) with Vera Kholodnaya. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Pola Negri
Pola Negri. German postcard by Photochemie, Berlin, no. K. 3172. Photo: Alex Binder. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Charlie Chaplin and Pola Negri
Charlie Chaplin and Pola Negri. Germna postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 453/2, 1919-1924. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Pola Negri in Die Augen der Mumie Ma (1918)
German postcard by Photochemie, Berlin, no. K. 2835. Photo: publicity still for Die Augen der Mumie Ma/The Eyes of the Mummy (Ernst Lubitsch, 1918) with Pola Negri. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Thanks, Didier!

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1 comment:

Beth Niquette said...

Hello, Paul, what a wonderful set of postcards! They are wonderful. The stories and history you add make them extra special. My favorite was the one of Mephisto. What an expressive photo!

Have a great weekend and greetings from Oregon! Happy Postcard Friendship Friday, too.