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Edgardo Cozarinsky Papers
Manuscripts Division
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54.17 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001000 to B-001065, L-000019, P-000093


Edgardo Cozarinsky is an Argentine-born film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, critic, theater director, and playwright. His papers consist of film scripts, related press, correspondence, photographs, general reference files, drafts of his writings, printed matter, and audiovisual materials.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The papers include the working files of Argentine filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, novelist, critic, theater director, and playwright Edgardo Cozarinsky.

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. Additional materials consist of printed matter, including press clippings, magazines, brochures and ephemera. It also includes Cozarinsky's drafts, "The Flight" and "Little Odessa", letters, postcards, invitations, and a diary. Also included are audiovisual materials related primarily to Cozarinsky's work.

When possible, Cozarinsky's original folder titles were maintained which demonstrate his use of French, Spanish, and English.

Collection Creator Biography:

Cozarinsky, Edgardo

Edgardo 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. His grandparents migrated to Argentina from Kiev and Odessa in the late 19th century. He studied literature at the University of Buenos Aires and began publishing essays on film criticism. In 1959, he formed friendships with Silvina Ocampo and Adolfo Bioy Casares, who introduced him to Jorge Luis Borges. Cozarinsky would later go on to direct films and write about Borges extensively, publishing Borges y el cine in 1974 with subsequent editions and translations.

He began his directing career with the experimental film "..." (Puntos suspensivos) in 1971. In 1974, at the height of the Argentine military dictatorship, Cozarisnky left Buenos Aires for Paris due to censorship and creative repression. In Paris, 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," titled 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.

He is the recipient of the Premio Konex (2004, 2014) and Premio Cóndor (2004, 2011). He splits his time between Paris and Buenos Aires.

Collection History


Purchased from Edgardo Cozarinsky in 2016 (AM 2017-8), (AM 2017-21), (AM 2017-32), (AM 2018-68).

This collection was purchased (in part) with funds provided by the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS).


Non-unique, printed materials such as copies of newspapers, books, and journal publications were removed from the collection during the 2017, 2022 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in August 2017 with the assistance of Rachel Dubin and Julia English. Finding aid written by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez in August 2017.

Additional materials processed by Armando Suárez in November 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The audiovisual materials in this collection have not yet been processed, and are therefore not available for research.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media, but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Patrons may request digital copies of original analog media, but will be responsible for the cost of digital conversion, payable in advance. Turn-around time for such requests will depend on the size and scope of the project. Requests should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form


Credit this material:

Edgardo Cozarinsky Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001000 to B-001065, L-000019, P-000093