• Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass

    1930. USSR. Dziga Vertov. 65 min.

Introduced by Peter Kubelka

Friday, May 6, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

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

  • Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass

    1930. USSR. Directed by Dziga Vertov. Vertov’s first sound film, a masterpiece of Russian avant-garde cinema, is a paean to coal and steel workers and the supremacy of Soviet industrial production. Vertov’s rousing “symphony” of man and machine, made in celebration of the Five Year Plan of the late 1920s, has inspired countless filmmakers throughout the century, from Charlie Chaplin and Joris Ivens to Richard Serra, Harun Farocki, Wang Bing, and Lucy Raven—filmmakers who have sought to recapture the film’s dynamic rhythms even as they critique or parody its heroic idealism. On April 16, Alexander Horwath, director of the Austrian Film Museum, and Adelheid Heftberger, Curator, Vertov Collection, Austrian Film Museum, will present their archive’s restoration of the film. On May 6, Peter Kubelka, the filmmaker responsible for the definitive restoration of Enthusiasm, makes a rare appearance to discuss his painstaking efforts at re-synching sound and image, offering a fascinating (and undoubtedly witty) reconstruction—and deconstruction—of Vertov’s masterpiece before showing it in its entirety. 65 min.

In the Film exhibition Dziga Vertov

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