Director /1921/: Dziga Vertov

Director of Restoration /2021/:

Nikolai Izvolov

Documentary, History / Russia, Israel

92 мин

Completed

The History of the Civil War

‘The History of the Civil War’ was released in 1921. The documentary film covers the events of the Civil War in Russia (1918 – 1921) which appear in chronological order: “White Terror”, “Suppression of counter-revolutionary uprisings”, “Partisan movement”, “Wrangel front”, “Suppression of the Kronstadt riot”, and others. Just like in his previous film, “Anniversary of the Revolution”, we see a grandiose cinematic work capturing one of the most important historic events of the 20th century.
It includes several historical characters, leaders of the Soviet government and of the Red Army such as: Leon Trotsky, Kliment Voroshilov, Semyon Budyonny, Innokenty Kozhevnikov, Fedor Raskolnikov, Larisa Reisner, Nikolai Kazadanov, Ivar Smilga, Philip Mironov, Sergey Kirov, Konstantin Mekhonoshin, Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Nestor Makhno and others. Many of them were later executed or imprisoned in 1937, some committed suicide or emigrated.
Since then, no one has seen the film for 100 years. Even Vertov himself wrote that by the end of the 1920s, he was unable to locate a single complete copy of his film. It was brought back to life in 2021, the year of its centenary.
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About the Film Director

Born in Białystok on January 2nd, by the name of David Kaufman, he is better known as Dziga Vertov, a soviet avant-garde filmmaker, news head editor and film editor, then a documentary filmmaker and theorist that passed away on February 12th, 1954. He developed the “kino-glaz” (“film-eye”) theory claiming that the camera, much like the human eye, should be an instrument best used to explore the actual events in real life. During the 1920s his theory influenced the international development of documentaries and cinema realism, while Vertov attempted to create a unique cinema language, free from theatrical influences and artificial studio staging.
His notable works include filmed (Kino-nedelia, Kino-Pravda), feature films “cine-objects” (Kino-Glaz, The Sixth Part of the World, The Eleventh Year, The Man with the Camera). He also contributed to the establishment of a new sound cinema (Enthousiasm, Tri Pesni o Lenine). Vertov’s films and theories have widely influenced the documentary cinema history.

About the Director of Restoration

Nikolai Izvolov who was born in 1962 in Kostroma, Russia, is a film historian and film scholar, Head of the Department of the History of Russian Cinema at the Cinema Art Institute in Moscow. He developed a creative method of film reconstruction, ‘Hyperkino’, and applied it to the archives of Dziga Vertov and other famous film directors.

Interesting facts

In the media

Nikolai Izvolov on Restoring Dziga Vertov’s ‘The Anniversary of the Revolution >>
— Variety —
IDFA Celebrates the Centenary of Dziga Vertov’s Long-Lost First Film The Anniversary of the Revolution >>
—  IDFA —
Dziga Vertov’s ‘Anniversary of a Revolution’ Has its Second Moscow Premiere >>
— The Moscow Times —
Anniversary of the Revolution with Dorota Lech

— TIFF —
In this restored version of his debut work, the film pioneer, Dziga Vertov documents Russia between >>
— DOK.fest München —
Godovshchina revoliutsii / Anniversary of the Revolution introduced by Nikolai Izvolov >>
— Anti Alanen: Film Diary —
SCREENING & LIVE EVENT Anniversary of the Revolution >>

— Museum of the Moving Image, New York —

Nikolai Izvolov on Restoring Dziga Vertov’s ‘The Anniversary of the Revolution
Variety
IDFA Celebrates the Centenary of Dziga Vertov’s Long-Lost First Film The Anniversary of the Revolution >>
IDFA
Dziga Vertov’s ‘Anniversary of a Revolution’ Has its Second Moscow Premiere >>
The Moscow Times

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