Edgardo Cozarinsky Papers at Princeton University Library

Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017
by Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies

The Princeton University Library’s Manuscripts Division has recently added the papers of Edgardo Cozarinsky to its extensive collection of archives, manuscripts, and correspondence by Latin American writers and intellectuals.

Cozarinsky is an Argentine-born film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, critic, theater director, and playwright. He was born on January 13, 1939 in Buenos Aires. He began his directing career with the experimental film "..." (Puntos suspensivos) in 1971. In 1974, at the height of the Argentine military dictatorship, Cozarinsky left Buenos Aires for Paris where he devoted most of his creative pursuits to film. His film oeuvre spans more than four decades and includes feature-length and short films, fiction and "essays" written and produced in French, Spanish, and other languages. His film work includes Les Apprentis Sorciers (1976), La Guerre d'un seul homme (1981), Autoportrait d'un inconnu – Jean Cocteau (1983), Haute Mer (1984), Pour Mémoire – Les Klarsfeld, une famille dans l'Histoire (1985), Sarah (1988), Guerreros y cautivas (1989), BoulevardS du crépuscule (1992), Scarlatti à Séville (1994), Citizen Langlois (1994), La barraca: Lorca sur les chemins de l'Espagne (1995), Le Violon de Rothschild (1996), Fantômes de Tanger (1997), Le Cinéma des Cahiers (2000), Tango-Désir (2002), Dans le Rouge du Couchant (2003), Rond Nocturna (2005), Apuntes para una biografía imaginaria (2010), Nocturnos (2011), and Carta a un padre (2013).

Cozarinsky's other creative pursuits include theater production. In 2005, he wrote and directed Squash and a mini-opera titled Raptos. He has also appeared as a performer, along with his oncologist, in Vivi Tellas's "documentary theater" piece Cozarinsky y su médico. In 2008, he started work on the libretto for a chamber opera with the musician Pablo Mainetti, Ultramarina, based on his own novel El rufián moldavo. Cozarinsky has been the recipient of the Premio Konex (2004, 2014) and the Premio Cóndor (2004, 2011).

A large portion of the papers include scripts, shooting schedules, printed press, on set photographic stills, subtitle translation texts, audiovisual materials, general reference, and accounting files pertaining to Cozarinsky's film work. Drafts and printed materials of his theater productions and writing publications are present as well. Correspondence from various friends and collaborators including Néstor Almendros, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Ronald Christ, Frances Korn, Silvina and Victoria Ocampo, Alejandra Pizarnik, Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, Susan Sontag, and Julián Ríos, among other individuals, is also present. Other materials include photographs; personal items such as address books, notebooks, planners; printed and ephemeral matter from film festivals; articles and interviews about Cozarinsky; and a newspaper and magazine research collection of varying subject matter that includes articles about Argentine culture, film history, and Jorge Luis Borges.

A detailed finding aid created by Processing Archivist Elvia Arroyo Ramírez is available.