“The Films of Dziga Vertov” in Essential Cinema series at Anthology Film Archives through 3/17

“What do Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Rouch, Peter Kubelka, Stan Brakhage, Allen Funt, and Santiago Alvarez have in common? All of them were anticipated, if not directly influenced, by the genius of Dziga Vertov, one of the half-dozen most important personalities in the history of cinema, and a key figure in 20th century culture as a whole.”


"I am an eye. A mechanical eye. I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only the machine can see it. I am now free of human immobility. I am in perpetual motion. I approach things, I move away from them. I slip under them, into them. I move toward the muzzle of a race horse. I move quickly through crowds, I advance ahead of the soldiers in an assault, I take off with airplanes, I fall on my back and get up at the same time that the body falls and gets up. This is what I am, a machine that runs in chaotic maneuvers, recording movements one after the other, assembling them in a patchwork. Freed from the constraints of time and space, I organize each point of the universe as I wish. My route is that of a new conception of the world. I can make you discover the world you did not know existed.”

– Dziga Vertov, Kino-Eye Manifesto (1923)

GME distributes these films in multiple DVD editions for North American institutional sales, which includes KINO-EYE; FORWARD, SOVIET; A SIXTH PART OF THE WORLD; THE ELEVENTH YEAR; MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (also recently screened as part of Anthology Film Archives’ “City Symphonies” series); ENTHUSIASM and THREE SONGS OF LENIN.