• Moscow

    1926. USSR. Mikhail Kaufman, Ilya Kopalin. Approx. 66 min.

  • Les Halles centrales

    1927. France. Boris Kaufman. Approx. 7 min.

With piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

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

  • Moscow

    1926. USSR. Directed by Mikhail Kaufman, Ilya Kopalin. Vertov’s younger brother Mikhail, a brilliant kinoc cameraman, directed and photographed Moscow in the same year as Stride, Soviet! With its analytical, measured tone and images of discrete beauty, the film was hailed by Sergei Eisenstein and Lev Kuleshov as a model of documentary rationalism, and a salutary antidote to what they (somewhat vindictively) perceived in Vertov’s films as an excessive, individualistic expressionism and wild abandon that, as Kuleshov lamented, did not “show events correctly.” By contrast, he noted, “What is shown in [Kaufman’s film] opens our eyes to the routine Moscow that we see so often, we walk around and pay no attention to the remarkable parts of the town, to the large amount of traffic, to those unexpected shots which Kaufman has managed to see and film. The cityscape party of the film is the best. The shots taken from above and below achieve amazing effects, and give us a new sense of landscape material.” Silent. Approx. 66 min.

  • Les Halles centrales

    1927. France. Directed by Boris Kaufman. A beautiful twilight portrait of Les Halles, the old central market in Paris. Vertov’s younger brother Boris would become the cinematographer to Jean Vigo, Elia Kazan, and Sidney Lumet. Preserved by Archives françaises du film du CNC and Lichtspiel/Kinematek Bern. Silent. Approx. 7 min.

In the Film exhibition Dziga Vertov

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