Director /1918/: Dziga Vertov
Director of Restoration /2018/:
Documentary, History / Russia, Israel
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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