Consider this post an APB to any Pictorial readers in the New York City area. Anthology Film Archives’ Essential Cinema series will, during the month of August, feature a retrospective of the films of pioneering documentarian Dziga Vertov. Anthology Film Archives has a well-earned reputation for exhibiting some of the very best collections of independent and avant-garde cinema in the world and its upcoming look at Vertov’s work looks to be yet another feather in their cap:
- Wednesday, Aug 4 – A Sixth of the World (1926)
- Thursday, Aug 5 – Forward, Soviet! (1925)
- Friday, Aug 6 – Enthusiasm (1931)
- Friday, Aug 13 – Kino-Eye (1925)
- Saturday, Aug 14 – Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
- Sunday, Aug 15 – Three Songs (1934)
- Sunday, Aug 15 – The Eleventh Year (1928)
These silent/early sound films demonstrate the reasons that Vertov, as Sense of Cinema put it, was the “leading theoretician of the new art of cinema itself “ during the late 1920s.
Man With a Camera is essential viewing—a ‘symphonic cataglogue’ of Russian society. But the series will also present more seldom-viewed, yet no less crucial, films that fully capture Vertov’s introspective eye and breathtaking ability to ‘catch life red-handed,’ particularly Enthusiasm and Kino-Eye. Still controversial in subject matter (Enthusiasm in particular) Vertov’s visuals are, along with Sergei Eisenstein, prototypes of Cinema Verite and remain strikingly poetic, key pieces of international cinema.