Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties

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Lines of Resistance is a major collection of little-known writings by and about Dziga Vertov, available here in English for the first time. While Vertov’s uncompromising writings and his experimental features, such as Man with a Movie Camera, are known and discussed in the West, less is known about the other films he made in the 1920s, and still less about the response they provoked in the Soviet Union and abroad. Vertov liked to call his films and his essays "bombs"—and indeed the public reaction to them was ...

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Overview

Lines of Resistance is a major collection of little-known writings by and about Dziga Vertov, available here in English for the first time. While Vertov’s uncompromising writings and his experimental features, such as Man with a Movie Camera, are known and discussed in the West, less is known about the other films he made in the 1920s, and still less about the response they provoked in the Soviet Union and abroad. Vertov liked to call his films and his essays "bombs"—and indeed the public reaction to them was nothing short of explosive. This book follows the development of his work and opinions from 1917 to 1930, and chronicles contemporary reactions to them, including such prominent personalities as fellow directors Lev Kuleshov and Sergei Eisenstein, artists Aleksandr Rodchenko and Kazimir Malevich, and theorists Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer.

Distributed for Le Giornate del Cinema Muto

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788886155151
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Yuri Tsivian is a professor in the Departments of Art History, Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. His books include Silent Witnesses: Russian Films, 1908–1919, and Ivan the Terrible.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Dziga Vertov and his time
1 Start 33
2 Pravda on Kino-Pravda 40
3 Kino-Pravda and constructivism 55
4 Living history 67
5 Kino-Pravda, where are you ? 75
6 The first clashes 81
7 Kino-eye 99
8 Vertov versus Eisenstein 125
9 Stride, Soviet! : in reviews 157
10 Where is Dziga Vertov striding? 169
11 Stride, Soviet to the screen! 176
12 A sixth part of the world : more than a film 182
13 A sixth part of the world as viewed at home 196
14 A sixth part and the rest of the world 210
15 A sixth part : debates and discussions 215
16 A sixth part : a quarrel 233
17 Where is this film? 247
18 Vertov is fired from Sovkino 252
19 The battle continues 257
20 The Kinocs and left front of the arts 265
21 The eleventh year according to its makers 288
22 The eleventh year in reviews 295
23 Dziga Vertov versus Osip Brik : the eleventh round 310
24 Man with a movie camera 318
25 The film is in danger 349
26 Vertov in the West 353
27 "Mr. West was so impressed" : Vertov and film students 369
28 Vertov versus Blum 377
29 Is Vertov like Ruttmann? 383
30 The last of the Kinocs 389
Vertov's silent films : an annotated filmography 403
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