“The Great Russian” Production Films, 1960  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Watson, Cal.
Title
“The Great Russian” Production Films
Dates
1960 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 box)
Collection Number
Archives 325 (collection)
Summary
In 1960, Cal Watson produced a 30 minute film titled “The Great Russian” about Russian author Leo Tolstoy in observance of the 50th anniversary of Tolstoy's 1910 death. The collection consists of ten reels of film apparently used to produce “The Great Russian,” including the interview with Tolstoy’s daughter (on two reels).
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1960, Cal Watson produced a 30 minute film titled “The Great Russian” about Russian author Leo Tolstoy in observance of the 50th anniversary of Tolstoy's 1910 death. During the creation of this film, Watson interviewed Tolstoy’s daughter, Alexandra Tolstaya. The film was scripted and narrated by WSU News Bulletin editor Henry Grosshans. It first aired in November of 1960.

Cal Watson had begun working with KWSC radio in 1950, and then with KWSC-TV in various capacities from the 1962-1963 school year forward. He was Director of KWSU-TV when he left WSU in 1969.

A very small amount of further information on the film can be found in the late November / early December 1960 issues of the WSU News Bulletin (WSU 115).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of ten reels of film apparently used to produce “The Great Russian,” including the interview with Tolstoy’s daughter (on two reels). Though the original negative of the film is present, there appears to be full no playable positive. The titling of each reel within the collection is recorded here as it was given when it was transferred to MASC.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright applies.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] “The Great Russian” Production Films, 1960 (Archives 325)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Reel
1.1 Cal Watson interviewing Alexandra Tolstaya
1.2 Cal Watson interviewing Alexandra Tolstaya
2 "The Original negative film"
3.1 "Tolstoy – printed Mask ‘A’ – Tail Reel"
3.2 "Tolstoy – printed Mask ‘A’ – Tail Reel"
4.1 "Washington State University – Tolstoy – Pix A – B/W – Tail Reel – Prints from head – Light #7"
4.2 "Washington State University – Tolstoy – Pix A – B/W – Tail Reel – Prints from head – Light #1"
5 "Sound Tolstoy B-Wind"
6 "Tolstoy footage – Workprint-CC 203-Washington State University"
7 "ORIG Tail NEGPIX ORG 4-12"

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910.