Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dziga Vertov

Dziga Vertov's 1934 propaganda film, Three Songs About Lenin (Три песни о Ленине) delivers unabashed hero worship of the already-dead Lenin (he died in 1924). Vertov uses and reuses his precious few frames of blurry archival footage of Lenin himself. The film is also a pretext for an upbeat message about the Russian revolution's progress and the pride of individual workers. "If only Lenin could see us now" seems to be a near-universal wish.
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