• Kino-Eye (Life Off-Guard)

    1924. USSR. Dziga Vertov. Approx. 70 min.

With piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Introduced by Yuri Tsivian

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 4:15 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Kino-Eye (Life Off-Guard)

    1924. USSR. Directed by Dziga Vertov. Vertov’s aspirations, and pretense, of improvising and catching life unawares—a gambit he described as “a single movie camera feeling its way, …[and capturing] simple little pieces of life, filmed as they are and not acted out”—is belied by the conceptually rigorous structure of this groundbreaking film, which divides Russian society into Manichean extremes of beneficence and criminality. The “New” Russia is exemplified by the Young Leninists of the Pioneer units, who rally behind the cause of communal living and co-operative exchange. The “Old” life is represented by drunken peasant women, lunatics, dope fiends, black marketers, and worst of all, private merchants who sacrifice the collective good for their own profit. Silent. Approx. 70 min.

In the Film exhibition Dziga Vertov

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