Who Was Dziga Vertov?

Saturday, May 7, 2011, 3:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

As a prelude to the evening’s panel discussion, John MacKay, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Film Studies, and Chair of the Film Studies Program at Yale University, presents a lecture based on his forthcoming Dziga Vertov: Life and Work. Richly illustrated with film clips, MacKay's lecture traces Vertov's career from his early years as David Kaufman in the city of Bialystok through his formative experiences in World War I and the Russian Civil War, and culminates in his masterpieces of the 1920s and 1930s. The lecture will also examine Vertov's famous anti-fiction-film manifestos, specific examples of his complex "rhythmic editing," and his extraordinary experiments with documentary sound. MacKay, who will moderate the May 7 evening panel discussion with William Kentridge, Peter Kubelka, and Michael Nyman, is the author of numerous published essays on Vertov, as well as a book on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European lyric poetry.

Approximately 90 minutes.

In the Film exhibition Dziga Vertov

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