3 Songs dedicated Lenin (1934)




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Published on Apr 20, 2011

Three songs dedicated to the revolutionary Russian leader Vladimir Lenin.
With English subtitles.
By Dziga Vertov.
Created in 1934.

Director: Dziga Vertov
Producer: Mehzrabpom Film
Production Company: Central Documentary Film Studios (USSR)
Language: Russian, with English subtitles.

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Dziga Vertov:
David Kaufman (Russian: Давид А́белевич Кауфман)
(2 January 1896 -- 12 February 1954),
better known by his pseudonym Dziga Vertov
(Russian: Дзига Вертов), was a Soviet pioneer documentary film, newsreel director and cinema theorist.
His filming practices and theories influenced the Cinéma vérité style of documentary moviemaking and, in particular the Dziga Vertov Group active in the 1960s.

Three Songs About Lenin:


"It is far from simple to show the truth, yet the truth is simple."

"I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only I alone am able to see it."

"I was returning from the railroad station. In my ears, there remained chugs and bursts of steam from a departing train. Somebody cries in laughter, a whistle, the station bell, the clanking locomotive...whispers, shouts, farewells.
And walking away I thought I need to find a machine not only to describe but to register, to photograph these sounds. Otherwise, one cannot organize or assemble them.
They fly like time. Perhaps a camera? That records the visual. But to organize the visual world and not the audible world? Is this the answer?"

"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 the 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."

"Everybody who cares for his art seeks the essence of his own technique." (1922)

- Dziga Vertov



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