THREE SONGS OF LENIN (TRI PESNI O LENINE)

Following its publication of ENTUZIAZM and A SIXTH PART OF THE WORLD / THE ELEVENTH YEAR, the Austrian Filmmuseum has again turned its attention to the work of Dziga Vertov for this DVD release. In compiling the present DVD edition of THREE SONGS OF LENIN, the archive has gone to great lengths to insure that the standards established with the previous Vertov releases have been maintained.

 
THREE SONGS OF LENIN

THREE SONGS OF LENIN

Next to the classic MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA, Vertov’s "film poem" to the founder of the Soviet Union, THREE SONGS OF LENIN (TRI PESNI O LENINE), is the most universally acclaimed and enduringly popular of all his Dziga Vertov's films. This 2-disc set presents the earliest surviving versions of THREE SONGS OF LENIN, the 1938 silent and sound reissues of the film's original 1934 sound and 1935 silent releases, previously unavailable on video. The challenging production and exhibition circumstances surrounding this film, due in great part to the shifting politics within the Soviet Union, are meticulously recounted by historian Adelaide Heftberger in the bilingual booklet accompanying this DVD edition.

 

Also included are the two Lenin-themed editions of Vertov's Kinopravda newsreel series from 1925, as well as a 1974 feature-length TV documentary about Vertov by Austrian Film Museum co-founder Peter Konlechner.

 
 
 

  Contents

Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)

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THREE SONGS OF LENIN (TRI PESNI O LENINE)
(USSR, 1934 / 1935)

Director, writer: Dziga Vertov
Assistant: Elizaveta Svilova
Photographed by: Dimitrij Surenski, Mark Magidson & Boris Monastyrskij
Music: Jurij Shaporin (Sound version only)
Orchestra conductor: David Block (Sound version only)
Production company: Meshrabpom-Film

• Sound Version (1935): 64 minutes
• Silent Version (1934): 52 minutes
• B&W 

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Bonus Material

KINO-PRAVDA NEWSREEL #21: LENINIST FILM TRUTH (KINOPRAVDA NO. 21 – LENINSKAJA KINOPRAVDA)
(USSR, 1925)

Director: Dziga Vertov
Photographed by: Grigarij Giber, Aleksandr Levickij, Aleksandr Lemberg, Petr Novickij, Michail Kaufman & Eduard Tissé
Produced by: Kul'tkino, Moskva

• 43 minutes
• B&W

KINOPRAVDA NO. 22 – V SERDCE KRESTJANINA LENIN ZIV
(USSR, 1925)

Director: Dziga Vertov
Photographed by: Michail Kaufman, Aleksandr Lemberg & Ivan Beljakov
Edited by: Elizaveta Svilova
Produced by: Kul'tkino, Moskva

• 19 minutes
• B&W

DZIGA VERTOV
(RFA, 1974)

Director, writer: Peter Kohnlechner
Assistant director and editing: Tamara Epp
Photographed by: Walter Kindler & Michael Epp
Sound: Clemens Duniecki, Juergen Thiel
Translations: Rosemarie Ziegler
Production manager: Herbert E. Philipps
Commissioning editor: Hans Brecht

• 54 minutes
• Color

• Rare footage of Elizaveta Svilova during her first trip to Vienna in May 1970

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Total Running Time: 03:52:00 (2 Discs)

Language: German. Russian intertitles. German & English subtitles

Booklet Text: Adelheid Heftberger (Bilingual German & English) 

Published By: Edition Filmmuseum

Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping).

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