Director /1918/: Dziga Vertov

Director of Restoration /2018/:

Nikolai Izvolov

Documentary, History / Russia, Israel

119 мин

Completed

Anniversary of the Revolution

At the age of 22, Dziga Vertov, the most famous documentary filmmaker in the world, began his career creating an epic documentary revealing the events of the Russian Revolution. The events that took place from February 1917, when the Bourgeois revolution began, to the autumn of 1918, the start of the Russian civil war.
The film’s cinematic uniqueness is the fact that this was the first full-length documentary of this size in history. Vertov made the film within 10-12 days, while keeping in mind the entire sequence of the picture, which contained more than 1000 cutouts.
Not a single copy of the film survived even though in the early 1920s, “Anniversary of the Revolution” served as the basis for many editing tapes. For many decades it was considered lost until the Russian film historian and filmmaker Nikolai Izvolov brought it back to life.
The restored film’s world premiere took place at the 2018 IDFA Festival in Amsterdam where it was triumphantly screened with live music. Since then it was screened at many international film festivals and other venues.

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About the Film Director

Born in Białystok on January 2nd 1896 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 news-reels (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 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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