Dziga Vertov

Dziga Vertov

Director

One of the most influential names in world cinema history, legendary Ukrainian-Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov was a founding father of non-fiction film. Born David Kaufman in 1896, he would eventually come to adopt the name Dziga Vertov, loosely translated to “spinning top”. Vertov’s career in cinema began in 1918 when he began editing for Kino-Nedelya, the Moscow Cinema Committee’s weekly film series, and the first newsreel series in Russia. Working with his brother, Boris Kaufman, and wife, Elizaveta Svilova, he produced a string of silent masterpiece in the 1920s, including Kino-Eye (1924), The Eleventh Year (1928) and the celebrated Man with a Movie Camera (1929). His films were increasingly poorly received by officials, including his experimental early sound film Enthusiasm (1931). After Three Songs about Lenin (1934), he worked increasingly infrequently until his death in 1954.

Films