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  • Kino-Pravda nos. 14–17

    1922–23. USSR. Dziga Vertov.

  • Today

    1923. USSR. Dziga Vertov.

  • Soviet Toys

    1924. USSR. Dziga Vertov.

Monday, April 25, 2011, 4:00 p.m.

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



  • Kino-Pravda nos. 14–17

    1922–23. USSR. Directed by Dziga Vertov. This program features some of Vertov and Aleksandr Rodchenko’s most ingenious experiments in graphic design. For Kino-Pravda No. 14, Vertov wanted to contrast the Land of Capitalism, with its gleaming skyscrapers and fetish for luxury, with life “on the other side,” and so Rodchenko devised a wooden mobile installation that could rotate like a globe, making three-dimensional intertitles appear to float in space. For no. 15, Vertov enlisted cameraman Boris Frantsisson, and Ivan Beliakov and Mikhail Kaufman, to invent tricks of process photography, including a firework of newspapers bursting like “agit-shells,” and the Proletarian “hammer of knowledge” smashing out Religion. No. 16, the Spring Kino-Pravda, is “A Lyrical View Newsreel” featuring rare glimpses of Sergei Eisenstein’s first film, Dnevnik Glumova (Glumov’s Diary), which Vertov helped create and which was meant to be projected during one of Eisenstein’s Proletkult stage productions. No. 17 showcases Elizaveta Svilova’s virtuoso rapid-fire editing and cinematographer Mikhail Kaufman’s Constructivist aesthetic in depicting a harmonious gathering of workers and peasants at the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition in Moscow, part of the government’s smychka (“alliance”) campaign to bring about “the dictatorship of the proletariat.” Silent.

  • Today

    1923. USSR. Directed by Dziga Vertov.

  • Soviet Toys

    1924. USSR. Directed by Dziga Vertov. Vertov’s first animated films, drawn by Ivan Beliakov and Aleksandr Ivanov. The latter celebrates the smychka alliance of workers and peasants through the humorous depiction of a piggish bourgeoisie who grotesquely drinks, eats, and vomits. Silent.

In the Film exhibition Dziga Vertov

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