Presentation of the Vnukovo archive
The Vnukovo archive comprises thousands of photographs, letters, documents, paper cuts and postcards from the personal archive of Grigory Alexandrov and Lyubov Orlova. For many years it had been considered lost. The documents were discovered by the Moscow lawyer Alexander Dobrovinsky when he acquired the country house of Soviet cinema's most famous and mysterious couple. A research group studied and catalogued the archive. Now it is being published as a unique 12-volume edition. First three volumes have been printed so far. These are letters and diary entries accommodated with extensive commentary and reference data: "European diary", "American trip" and "Que viva Mexico." Work on the rest of the documents is underway, remaining part being several times as large. The majority of the documents belong to the future Alexandrov-Orlova Museum. It will take up residence at the famous Vnukovo dacha, now being restored by Alexander Dobrovinsky who plans not only to publish the archive but also to make the originals of letters and photographs accessible for anyone.
At the presentation Alexander Dobrovinsky, publisher and rightholder of the archive, will discuss the legacy of Grigory Alexandrov and Lubov Orlova with film historian Petr Bagrov. 1940's musical comedy The Shining Path by Grigory Alexandrov will screen immediately after, within the program Costume in Film.