Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties

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Indiana University Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 422 pages

Lines of Resistance is a major collection of little-known writings by and about Dziga Vertov, available here in English for the first time. While Vertov's uncompromising writings and his experimental features, such as Man with a Movie Camera, are known and discussed in the West, less is known about the other films he made in the 1920s, and still less about the response they provoked in the Soviet Union and abroad. Vertov liked to call his films and his essays "bombs"--and indeed the public reaction to them was nothing short of explosive. This book follows the development of his work and opinions from 1917 to 1930, and chronicles contemporary reactions to them, including such prominent personalities as fellow directors Lev Kuleshov and Sergei Eisenstein, artists Aleksandr Rodchenko and Kazimir Malevich, and theorists Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Part One THE BEGINNING
31
PRAVDA ON KINOPRAVDA
41
KINOPRAVDA AND CONSTRUCTIVISM
55
LIVING HISTORY
67
KINOPRAVDA WHERE ARE YOU?
75
THE FIRST CLASHES
81
KINOEYE
99
WHERE IS THIS FILM?
247
VERTOV IS FIRED FROM SOVKINO
252
THE BATTLE CONTINUES
258
THE KINOCS AND LEFT FRONT OF THE ARTS
265
THE ELEVENTH YEAR ACCORDING TO ITS MAKERS
288
THE ELEVENTH YEAR IN REVIEWS
295
THE ELEVENTH
310
MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
318

VERTOV VERSUS EISENSTEIN
125
STRIDE SOVIET IN REVIEWS
158
WHERE IS DZIGA VERTOV STRIDING?
169
STRIDE SOVIET TO THE SCREEN
176
MORE THAN A FlLM
182
A SIXTH PART OF THE WORLD AS VIEWED AT HOME
196
A SIXTH PART AND THE REST OF THE WORLD
210
DEBATES AND DISCUSSIONS
217
A QUARREL
233
2S THE FILM IS IN DANGER
349
VERTOV
369
VERTOV VERSUS BLUM
377
IS VERTOV LIKE RUTTMANN?
383
THE LAST OF THE KINOCS
389
An Annotated Filmography
403
Sources of Illustrations
410
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Yuri Tsivian is a professor in the Departments of Art History, Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. His books include Silent Witnesses: Russian Films, 1908-1919, and Ivan the Terrible.

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