Note from Zinaida Raikh to Sergei Eisenstein

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

  • Handwritten note in pencil on a scrap of paper from Zinaida Raikh to Sergei Eisenstein.

    See book: p. 134

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  • Performing Arts
  • n. d., c. November 1922
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  • Zinaida Raikh, note to Sergei Eisenstein, [November 1922]. Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, f. 1923, op. 1 ed. khr. 2062:1–1 verso.


  • Seriezha! I love you. I value your talent and vivid individuality. In my view: it is essential that you leave M[eyerhol]d, as M[eyerhol]d once left Stanislavsky. You have matured. I recommend that you yourself end your studies here. It would be honorable and wise. (In principle I am your enemy, though personally I have warm and affectionate feelings for you.) Z. Raikh*

    [*Law and Gordon erroneously claim that the last sentence of Raikh’s note instead read: “When the pupil is not merely the equal of the teacher, but superior, then it is best for the pupil to leave.” Alma H. Law and Mel Gordon, Meyerhold, Eisenstein, and Biomechanics: Actor Training in Revolutionary Russia (Jefferson, N. C.: McFarland, 1996), 80.]