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Denis Arkadievitch Kaufman b. January 2,Bialystok, Poland d. February 12,Moscow, Russia.
Our eyes see very little and very badly — so people dreamed up the microscope to let them see invisible phenomena; they invented the telescope…now they have perfected the cinecamera to penetrate more deeply into he visible world, to explore and record visual phenomena so that what is happening now, which will have to be taken account of in the future, is not forgotten.
So much of what Dziga Vertov thought and wrote about cinema was written at the time of the greatest propagandist uproar in the twentieth century—the birth of the Modern Soviet State. Yet so much, in hindsight, sounds more like a classic realist position than that of the formalist experiments Vertov claimed for his group, Kino-Pravda and its doctrine of Kino Eye—the term he invented to cover both the ideology of his short lived group and the filmmakers in it.
For a little more than ten years he was, along with Sergei Eisenstein, the leading theoretician of the new art of cinema itself and by the end of that ten years his career and his outpouring of cinema ideas were effectively over. As a child, he studied piano and violin, and at ten began to write poetry. Then, in Vertov enrolled in Petrograd Psychoneurological Institute. At this time the Futurists and Formalists were also very influential in Russia and beyond.
Vertov began to edit documentary footage and soon was appointed editor of Kinonedelyathe first Soviet weekly newsreel. They insisted that the cinema of the future be the cinema of fact: He clearly saw it as some kind of innocent machine that could record without bias or superfluous aesthetic considerations as would, say, its human operator the world as it really was.
The camera lens was a machine that could be perfected bit by bit, to seize the world in its entirety and organize visual chaos into a coherent, objective set of pictures.
For Vertov was a true believer and he considered Marxism the only objective and scientific tool of analysis. And a contemporary digital video clip screened alongside them might not look so modern or post-modern after all.
manivesto Certainly his writing from early on puts him in a tradition that closely resembles that of the Futurists like Marinetti at their most frenetic:. The film drama is the Opium of the people…down with Bourgeois fairy-tale scenarios…long live life as it is!
Vertov, Dziga • Senses of Cinema
Just compare Vertov above with this from the Dogme Group Manifesto in The anti-bourgeois cinema itself became bourgeois, because the foundations upon which its theories were based was the bourgeois perception of art. The auteur concept was bourgeois romanticism from the very start and thereby … false!
Today a technological storm is dzita, the result of which will be the ultimate democratisation of the cinema. Very early on, Vertov was attracting unfavourable comment and attention from party hacks, with his strange camera angles, fast cutting, montage editing, and experimentations like split screen, multi layered supers and even animated inserts. Fortunately Vertov, like Eisenstein, received the close attention and support of the European avant-garde.
His feature-length Kino-Eye — Life Caught Unawares was awarded a silver medal and honorary diploma at the World Exhibit in Paris, and that 9123 led to two more films commissioned by Moscow: Given the difficulties in getting the film made at all, Vertov must have looked back nostalgically at manifsto Kinok checklist of essentials for a Kino-Eye filmmaker:. Vertov had been restricted to filming public manifestations, crowds, ceremonies, etc and was unable to seize everyday life because his equipment could not pass unnoticed.
Some of us have been hearing a great deal about the Kino-Eye and it has worried us considerably. Only the younger high-brows seem to know anything about it. The camera observes in its own bright way, and he is prepared to give it its head. Man with a Movie Camera is in consequence not a film at manlfesto When sound came, Vertov moved briefly ahead of Eisenstein and most of the other silent cinema masters.
He was prepared for the sound revolution because of his early experiments with noise recording, and in A Sixth of the World he had even experimented a la John Cage with rhythmic substitutes for the human voice. By alternating the phrases with images, Vertov achieved the illusion of off-screen narration. His first real sound picture, Enthusiasm, Donbass Symphonywas an instant success abroad.
Charles Chaplin observed that he had never imagined that industrial sounds could be organized in such a beautiful way and called it the best film of the year.
Yet, at home, the movie was widely ridiculed despite its apparently very correct ideological position. In spite of these problems, the film turned out to be a popular success both at home and abroad.
In spite of his international acclaim and acknowledged influence, by the end of the s Vertov was deprived of any serious independent work. Just as some feature films— Bullitt Peter Yates,or Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock,say, with San Francisco, or almost any film set in Paris—capture vetrov particular and enduring sense of a city, so many early documentary filmmakers felt that the modern city itself was the fertov proper subject of their cameras.
In the end this one film is the strongest reminder that, in spite of the extraordinary pressures manlfesto his personal and working life, Vertov was one of the greatest of all the pioneer filmmakers.
The Idiot by Carloss James Chamberlin. Dziga Vertov Brief biography and a list of recommended links. Includes verotv list of references. Articles on the Internet Links several online articles here. Working bibliography on Dziga Vertov Contains a list of resources on Vertov.
February 12,Moscow, Russia filmography bibliography web resources Our eyes see very little and very badly — so people dreamed up the microscope to let them vertkv invisible phenomena; they invented the telescope…now they have perfected the cinecamera to penetrate more deeply into he visible world, to explore and record visual phenomena so that what is happening now, which will have to be taken account of in the future, is not forgotten. Certainly his writing from early on puts him in a tradition that closely resembles that of the Futurists like Marinetti at their most zdiga Given the difficulties in getting the film made at all, Vertov must have looked back nostalgically at his Kinok checklist of essentials for a Kino-Eye filmmaker: