• Sergei Eisenstein, costume design (detail) of Harlequin for Eisenstein's pantomime A Dozen Hours of Columbine (1919). Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, f. 1923 op. 2 ed. khr. 1600: 35.

Costume design for Harlequin, A Dozen Hours of Columbine

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner

  • Costume sketch in profile for a grumpy, red-nosed Harlequin in a blue trenchcoat, yellow flowered trousers, striped green cap, and red plaid gloves. In one hand he clutches a newspaper, while in the other he drags a parrot-headed umbrella. The pipe he clenches between his teeth emits a huge cloud of smoke. The paper on which this design appears also contains a drawing of Pierrot (omitted here).

    As this sketch reveals, Eisenstein experimented with a pipe-smoking, trenchcoat-sporting Harlequin as early as 1919.

    See book: p. 174

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  • 1919
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