Musical accompaniment by Ben Model
Sunday, June 27, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Includes the following films:
1922. USSR. Directed by Dziga Vertov. Silent, with English intertitles. 14 min.
The Man with the Movie Camera
1929. USSR. Directed by Dziga Vertov. Silent; no intertitles. 67 min.
Between 1922 and 1925, with Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s full approval, the first great Soviet documentarian—the Polish-born Dziga Vertov (1896–1954)—produced a series of propagandistic newsreels called Kino-Pravda (Cinema-Truth). (Jean Rouch, the French originator of cinéma vérité, named his movement after the French translation of Vertov’s series, and Jean-Luc Godard named his documentary collective the Groupe Dziga Vertov.) Vertov’s The Man with the Movie Camera, which came at the end of a cycle of landmark city-symphony films (Alberto Cavalcanti’s Rien que les heures, Walter Ruttmann’s Berlin: die Sinfonie der Grosstadt, etc.), is a stunning compendium of innovative cinematic techniques envisioned by the director and his compatriots.
In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film
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