Roud, Richard (1929-1989)
Scope:
The Richard Roud collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, scrapbooks, audio recordings, personal memorabilia, and other items. The bulk of the material in this collection pertains to Roud’s work with the New York and London Film Festivals, his own writing on film, and his close association with various filmmakers.

Manuscripts in the collection are grouped by topic, and primarily consist of drafts articles by Roud, notes on various films and artists, interviews, and material for Roud’s books. This material dates from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. Subjects include Michelangelo Antonioni, the Berlin Film Festival, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Bresson, the Cannes Film Festival, Cinema: A Critical Dictionary, miscellaneous writings regarding cinema, Decades Never Start on Time, Rainer W. Fassbinder, film festivals, Jean-Luc Godard, Joseph Losey, museum exhibits, the National Film Theatre, the New York Film Festival, A Passion for Film (includes research photos), Alain Resnais, theater, and an unfinished biography of Francois Truffaut. Also present are screenplays by various authors, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Bresson, Abel Gance, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alain Resnais, and Eric Rohmer.

Correspondence in the collection dates from the mid-1940s to 1989, and includes both personal and professional letters. Personal correspondence (1950s-1980s) includes several items in French; notable correspondents include Elliot Stein, Susan Sontag, E. T. Prince, and Satyajit Ray. Other notable correspondents include Michelangelo Antonioni, Claude Berri, Bernardo Bertolucci, Pierre Braunberger, Robert Bresson, Louise Brooks, Liliana Cavanik, Costa-Gavras, Anatole Dauman, Jacques Demy, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Federico Fellini, Robert Frank, Abel Gance, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Penelope Houston (editor of Sight and Sound ), Jim Jarmousch, Elia Kazan, Fritz Lang, Henri Langlois, Irving Lerner, Joseph Losey, Terrence Malick, Rouben Mamoulian, Chris Marker, Jonas Mekas (editor / publisher of Film Culture ), Marcel Ophuls, Yasujiro Ozu, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Satyajit Ray, Alain Resnais, Donald Richie, Jacques Rivette, Susan Sontag, Jean-Marie Straub, Francois Truffaut, Agnes Varda, and Donald Westlake. Also present are several invitations to various events (mostly movie screenings, festivals and talks) and letters pertaining to various movie festivals, publications and events.

Professional correspondence in the collection dates from the late 1960s through the 1970s, and includes letters pertaining to the New York Film Festival from 1961-1972 (including a letter from Donald Westlake), the Cinema Dictionary, Film Comment magazine, letters between Roud and Jean-Marie Straub, and other items.
Photographs in the collection consists of hundreds of prints; these are primarily images of various directors and actors working on films. Some personal photographs are also included. Many of the individuals listed above as correspondents are represented in photographs. Other photos pertain to projects with which Roud was associated, such as film festivals and other expositions. Photographic subjects include Curtis Bernhardt; Bernardo Bertolucci; Robert Bresson; Marlene Dietrich; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Louis Feuillade; Joseph Losey; the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) French Film Retrospective; the New York Film Festival (covers 20 years of festivals); Pier Paolo Pasolini; several film stills from both English and foreign films; Jean-Luc Godard; Henri-Georges Clouzot; Claude Chabrol; John Cassavetes; Ingmar Bergman; Robert Altman; Sergei Eisenstein; Milos Forman; John Huston; Kon Ichikawa; and others.

Other photographs in the collection include images of sculptures and paintings; photos of Roud as a child (including an album regarding Roud’s family, with several pages of notes); Roud with friends; Roud with various people connected with the film industry; and a photo of Roud with Philip Strick and Kingsley Amis.
A large section of the printed material consists of the published versions of Roud’s writings, though most topics contain a good deal of material written by others. There are a variety of articles written about several topics and pertaining to directors, film festivals, and cinema in general. Many of the topics listed are the same or related to the headings under photographs and manuscripts. A great deal of material pertains to the Cannes Film Festival, including programs, schedules, and many articles for festivals from 1960 to 1988. Other prominent topics for clippings are Joseph Losey, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the London and New York Film Festivals, Jean-Luc Godard, A Passion For Film, theater, and others. Also in the collection are many reviews and articles by Roud that ran in The Guardian and Sight and Sound, as well as a large number of American and foreign film magazines, such as Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Film Culture, Postif, and Ecran. Additional printed items consist of programs and pamphlets from various film festivals, ballet performances, and theater performances; maps of Roud’s European travels; and business cards and other miscellaneous items.

The collection includes ten scrapbooks, all containing memorabilia saved by Roud. They include clippings of articles by Roud, mostly from The Guardian . The scrapbooks date from 1963 to 1986. The collection also include five scrapbooks assembled by Roud in his youth; these date from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Audio recordings in the collection include interviews Roud conducted as research for his book A Passion for Film . Roud interviewed numerous figures from the world of motion pictures, including Kenneth Anger, Bernardo Bertolucci, Louise Brooks, Lotte Eisner, Joseph Losey, Alain Resnais, Jacques Rivette, and others. Also present are seven recordings of Roud’s interviews for his book on Francois Truffaut, and other interviews.

Personal memorabilia in the collection include Roud’s birth certificate, his high school yearbooks, notes on school projects (including Roud’s Fulbright project and his Ph.D. thesis), diplomas, and a certificate from the French Legion of Honor.
Other items in the collection include legal and financial material; publication contracts (1971-1978); and several items regarding the British Film Institute (budgets, contracts, etc.)
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Notable Figures
1. Roud, Richard
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
2. LGBT Subject Guide
3. American Film Festival (New York, N.Y.)
4. Film critics
5. Film stills
6. Actors – Photographs
7. Actresses – Photographs
8. Film festivals – New York (State) – New York
9. Authors
10. Film criticism
11. Motion pictures – Production and direction
12. Motion pictures – Reviews
13. Photographs