Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Seng Tee Lee, 6pm start
Join us for a unique film screening exploring early 20th century Russian film making.This avant-garde silent documentary was directed by Dziga Vertov and edited by his wife, Elizaveta Svilova. The film will be introduced by Dr Philip Cavendish, a Reader in Russian and Soviet Film Studies at UCL SSEES and Director of the CEELBAS Centre for Doctoral Training and the author of the book “The Men with the Movie Camera: the Poetics of Visual Style in Soviet Avant-garde Cinema of the 1920s”, published by Berghahn Books in 2013, while Dr Wojciech Janik, Area Specialist for the former Soviet Union and Poland at UCL SSEES Library will talk about the availability of Soviet and Russian movies on the Internet.
For a few years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, the new "Soviet Union" produced some of the most adventurous films in movie history, as the directors tried to invent fresh ways to communicate, suitable for their brave new world. Man With A Movie Camera is one of the most important results of that movement - an attempt to make something that was pure cinema and had no connection with books or theatre. What that turned out to mean was moments of modern life cut together with shots of the movie itself being filmed, edited and watched by the audience, in what is still an incredible viewing experience today.