Prints courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum

Kino-Pravda, Nos. 18, 20-22 (U.S.S.R., 1924-'25)

Kino-Pravda No. 21 (1925)
March 10, 2012 - 7:30 pm
Margarita Nafpaktitis, Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies, UCLA.

Directed by Dziga Vertov

More newsreels from the foreground of the cinematic revolution, including the famous No. 21, “Film Poem about Lenin,” commemorating the first anniversary of Lenin’s death through a Hegelian-Marxist dialectical triad of thesis-antithesis-synthesis, and No. 22, the “Peasant Kino-Pravda,” made as part of the smychka campaign to unite workers and peasants, and to demonstrate that “Lenin is Alive in the Heart of the Peasant” and oppressed Asians and Africans.

Cinematographer: Mikhail Kaufman. Editor: Elizaveta Svilova.

35mm, b/w, silent w/ Russian intertitles and live English translation, 18 fps, 81 min.

Musical accompaniment provided by Cliff Retallick.