• For You, Front!

    1943. USSR. Dziga Vertov, Elizaveta Svilova. 45 min.

  • Song of Heroes

    1932. USSR. Joris Ivens. 50 min.

Saturday, June 4, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

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

  • For You, Front!

    1943. USSR. Directed by Dziga Vertov, Elizaveta Svilova. From the start, Vertov made himself known as an irreconcilable enemy of “acted films,” which he regarded as a violation of truth—and truth was what Kino-Eye was all about. At the peak of World War II, however, such lofty artistic principles proved impractical. For You, Front! is a fiction film with a script and two actors. In a letter to her fiancé Dzhamil, a soldier on the front, Saule asks if there is anything he needs from “our beloved Kazakhstan.” Yes there is, he replies, and it is something buried inside the mountain: lead, that most precious of all metals, which can be used to make bullets to kill the enemies of “our beloved country.” Vertov’s poetic and patriotic movie was never released, however, most likely because the wartime censorship did not want Allied troops to pinpoint the location of the lead mines. 45 min.

  • Song of Heroes

    1932. USSR. Directed by Joris Ivens. After an inspiring trip to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Vsevolod Pudovkin, Dutch documentarian Ivens made this extraordinary propagandistic film about the construction of a new blast furnace in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk in the Urals, and the “heroic” contributions of Komsomol, the communist youth workers organization, to Stalin’s Five Year Plan. The film combines documentary with fictive elements, but the real fiction is the film’s claim that Komsomol volunteers, not thousands of imprisoned Kulach laborers, built the furnaces. Courtesy EYE Film Institute Netherlands. 50 min.

In the Film exhibition Dziga Vertov

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