Jay LEYDA

(1910- )
Nationality: american

Jay Leyda (12 Feb 1910 - 15 Feb 1988)

“In 1929, Jay Leyda moved from Ohio to New York City to work as an assistant for photographer/filmmaker Ralph Steiner. His short film ‘A Bronx Morning’ earned Leyda a filmmaking fellowship with Sergei Eisenstein at VGIK in Moscow (1933-36) and led to his editing and translating Eisenstein’s major writings. Returning to New York, Leyda worked at The Museum of Modern Art, began a study of D.W. Griffith, and assisted on many late ‘30s documentaries. Best known for his histories of Soviet and Chinese films, he was also a scholar of Melville, Mussorgsky, and Emily Dickinson.”

—Aram Boyajian/Robert A. Haller

Courtesy Masterworks of American Avant-garde Film 1920-1970

Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941

1 MOVIE IN DISTRIBUTION

A BRONX MORNING
1931 / 35mm / b&w / sound / single screen / 15' 17 / 55 €
distribution: Digital file on USB stick