Monday, July 5, 2010

Dziga Vertov

The Lullaby (1937), by Dziga Vertov, also known as Kolybelnaya (Колыбельная), is a documentary-like propaganda piece celebrating the Soviet Union and motherhood. Vertov's expressive close-ups of faces from a variety of Soviet ethnic groups emphasize the patriotic duty of raising and educating children. He further hammers on the theme of patriotism with a bombastic score and visuals of huge gatherings and parades. Stalin (bottom still) is shown to be greeted by adoring crowds which perhaps explains why this film is so hard to find.
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