March 17, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Film: Man with a Movie Camera, 1929

  • Dziga Vertov. Man with a Movie Camera (still), 1929. Black-and-white film, 68 min. Image provided by Deutsche Kinemathek

Man with a Movie Camera, 1929
International Lens
Sarratt Cinema, 2301 Vanderbilt Place

Directed by Dziga Vertov. NR. Blu-ray. Silent with English intertitles. 68 minutes.

In this experimental documentary film, director Dziga Vertov offers an avant-garde view of urban life within the Soviet Union. Disregarding narrative, character, and traditional cinematic storytelling, Vertov instead showcases his cutting-edge techniques in what has been described as a feature-length montage. This screening will also feature a scholarly introduction by Dr. Jason Strudler, Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian at Vanderbilt.

Revolution and Realism: Films of the Soviet Union

In 1922, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin famously said, “Of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important.” With its power to convey both visual narrative and propagandistic ideals, filmmaking helped to craft a new Soviet aesthetic. The exhibition The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, explores the critical role that photographers and filmmakers played not only within the Soviet Union but in the history of visual media itself.

To celebrate the contributions of these filmmakers, the film series Revolution and Realism will showcase seminal works from the early years of the Soviet Union. This series, representing a collaboration between the Frist Art Museum, International Lens at Vanderbilt, Belcourt Theatre, and Light + Sound Machine at Third Man Records, will offer screenings of influential films at three different locations.


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