Born in 1896, Russia
Died in 1954
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From filmography
1944 - V gorakh Ala-Tau (В горах Ала-Тау) [documentary]
1944 - Klyatva molodykh (Клятва молодых) [documentary]
1944 - Novosti dnya (Новости дня) [documentary]
1942 - Tebe, front / Kazakhstan frontu (Тебе, фронт / Казахстан фронту) [documentary]
1941 - V rayone vysoty A (В районе высоты А) [documentary]
1941 - Krov za krov (Кровь за кровь) [documentary]
1941 - Na linii ognya (На линии огня) [documentary]
1941 - Tri Geroini (Три Героини) [documentary]
1938 - Serguey ordzhonikidze (Сергей Орджоникидзе) [documentary]
1938 - Slava sovetskim geroyam (Слава советским героям) [documentary]
1937 - Kolybelnaya (Колыбельная) [documentary, 1622 m]
1934 - tri pesni o lenine (Три песни о Ленине) [documentary, 60 mn]
1930 - Simfoniya Donbasa (Симфония Донбаса) [documentary, 67 mn]
1929 - Chelovek s kinoapparatom (Человек с киноаппаратом) [documentary, 69 mn]
1928 - Odinadtsaty (Одиннадцатый) [documentary, 46 mn]
1926 - Shagay Sovyet / Моссовет (Шагай Совет / Моссовет) [documentary, 55 mn]
1926 - shestaya chast mira (Шестая часть мира) [documentary, 53 mn]
1925 - Kinopravda 21 (Киноправда 21) [documentary, 29 mn]
1925 - Goskinokalendar (Госкинокалендарь) [documentary, 5.25 mn]
1925 - Kinopravda 22 (Киноправда 22) [documentary, 15.47 mn]
1924 - Kinoglaz - zhizn vrasplokh (Киноглаз - Жизнь врасплох) [documentary, 59 mn]
1924 - Kinopravda 20 (Киноправда 20) [documentary, 17 mn]
1924 - Goskinokalendar (Госкинокалендарь) [documentary, 5.3 mn]
1924 - Sovietskiye igrushki (Советские игрушки) [animation, 13 mn]
1924 - Nash Otvet Na Zloradstvo Burzhuaznogo Miru (Наш Ответ На Злорадство Буржуазного Миру) [animation, 0.53 mn]
1923 - Goskinokalendar (Госкинокалендарь) [documentary, 5 mn]
1923 - Pervoe maya v Moskve (Первое мая в Москве) [documentary, 11.25 mn]
1923 - Dayosh vozdukh! (Даёшь воздух!) [documentary, 20.15 mn]
1922 - Kinopravda 1 - 8 (Киноправда 1 - 8) [documentary]
1921 - Vskrutye moshchey Sergeya Radonezhskogo (Вскрутие мощей Сергея Радонежского) [documentary]
1921 - Istoriya Grazhdanskoy voyny (История Гражданской войны) [documentary, 95 mn]
1920 - Boy pod Tsaritsynom (Бой под Царицыном) [documentary]
1918 - Godovshchina revolyutsii (Годовщина революции) [documentary, 119 mn]
1917 - Kino-Nedeliya (Кино-Неделя) [20 mn]
1937 - Kolybelnaya (Колыбельная) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 1622 m]
1929 - Chelovek s kinoapparatom (Человек с киноаппаратом) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 69 mn]
1926 - Shagay Sovyet / Моссовет (Шагай Совет / Моссовет) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 55 mn]
1926 - shestaya chast mira (Шестая часть мира) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 53 mn]
1925 - Kinopravda 21 (Киноправда 21) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 29 mn]
1924 - Kinopravda 20 (Киноправда 20) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 17 mn]
1924 - Sovietskiye igrushki (Советские игрушки) from Dziga VERTOV [animation, 13 mn]
1918 - Godovshchina revolyutsii (Годовщина революции) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 119 mn]
1937 - Kolybelnaya (Колыбельная) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 1622 m]
1930 - Simfoniya Donbasa (Симфония Донбаса) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 67 mn]
1929 - Chelovek s kinoapparatom (Человек с киноаппаратом) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 69 mn]
1926 - Shagay Sovyet / Моссовет (Шагай Совет / Моссовет) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 55 mn]
1926 - shestaya chast mira (Шестая часть мира) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 53 mn]
1925 - Kinopravda 22 (Киноправда 22) from Dziga VERTOV [documentary, 15.47 mn]
Sites : Austrian Film Museum, IMDb, Chapaev,

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The theories and experimental films of Dziga Vertov revolutionized documentary cinema and continue to influence filmmakers ranging from Godard to Stan Brakhage to Chris Marker. He was born Denis Arkadievitch Kaufman in Bialystok, Poland (which at the time was part of Czarist Russia), the son of a librarian. His brothers, Mikhail Kaufman and Boris Kaufman, both became noted cinematographers. Vertov began writing poetry at age ten and at 16 was attending the Bialystok Music Conservatory where he studied violin and piano. A resident of Russia since 1915, Vertov studied neurology in St. Petersburg in 1917. While there, he began researching human perception with sound and created a Laboratory of Hearing in which he made montages of natural sounds and then tried to re-create them by grouping them in phonetic units. He took his pseudonym (loosely translated as "spinning top" or literally "top turning") at this time.
Following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, Vertov was invited to become the writer, editor, and overseer of Kino-Nedelia/Cinema Weekly, a filmed periodical that contained snippets of the lives of Soviet citizens. Through these, Vertov began experimenting with creative editing to increase audience impact. He left the film series in 1919 to edit the full-length compilation film Anniversary of the Revolution. He followed it with two short films, Battle of Tsaritsyn (1920) and The Agit-Train VTSIK (1921). In 1922, he made the 13-reel History of Civil War (1922). Next Vertov started his own newsreel series, Kino-Pravda (Cine-Truth) which he named in honor of the official Soviet newspaper Pravda. During this period, Vertov developed his montage techniques and honed his growing theories about cinema as the art form best suited for the masses. In 1919, he joined the fray with other intellectuals in debating the issue of art versus the people. That year he joined with other filmmakers, including his future wife, Elisaveta Svilova, and his brother, Mikhail Kaufman, to form Kino-Glaz (Cinema-Eye) to promote his idea that the impartial eye of the camera is far better suited to recording and organizing the truth than the subjective and often faulty human eye. In 1922, the group published a revolutionary manifesto in which he derided all fiction films as backward, packed with lies and powerless while lauding those films that recorded truth of real life "caught unawares." He was profoundly influenced by Marxism and presented a rather poetic view of it in his many subsequent films such as Shagai, Sovet!/Forward, Soviet!, Shestaya Chast' Mira/A Sixth Part of the World (both 1926), and his best-known film Chelovek s Kinoapparatom/The Man With the Movie Camera (1929), a frequently humorous, lyrical, and avant-garde portrait of Soviet city life that employed numerous innovative camera techniques, including superimposition, fast and slow motion, split screens, and rapid montage to engage the audience in an active dialogue on filmed reality versus human perceptions of reality.
When sound technology came to film, Vertov, who had earlier experimented with sound recordings, was able to use it to full advantage in Enthusiasm: Donbass Symphony (1931), a film that utilized sound montages and earned him international acclaim, but was panned in the Soviet Union. Vertov next made Tri Pesni o Lenine/Three Songs About Lenin (1934) and won a prize at that year's Venice Film Festival. It was not immediately released in Russia because it was felt that Stalin's role in the Revolution wasn't developed enough. His film Kolybel'naya/The Lullaby (1937) was edited sans Vertov's permission to make Stalin's role bigger. By then the conservative government began showing more interest in fictional features and Vertov ended up spending his last 20 years editing artless newsreels. In the early '60s, six years after Vertov died, French documentary makers Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch revived interest in Vertov's early theories and integrated them into the cinéma vérité movement. In 1968, Jean-Luc Godard with Jean-Pierre Gorin organized the so-called Dziga Vertov group to further promote the late filmmaker's ideas.
Source : Sandra Brennan

- Dix grands films soviétiques des années 1920 (Vidéos) Eleonora GOLDMAN, 2023, RUSSIA BEYOND
- Actualité de Dziga Vertov : « l’avenir dure longtemps »‪ Questions de François Albera à John MacKay , François ALBERA, John MACKAY, 2022, Revue 1895
- «ЗАТЕРЯННАЯ ФИЛЬМА»: РЕКОНСТРУКЦИЯ ФИЛЬМА «ИСТОРИЯ ГРАЖДАНСКОЙ ВОЙНЫ» ВЕРТОВА [Reconstrucion du film Histoire de la guerre civile de Dziga Vertov, 1921] , Nikolay IZVOLOV, 2022,
- En images: dix superbes affiches de films soviétiques d'avant-garde 2022, RUSSIA BEYOND
- Les cinq meilleurs films russes de tous les temps selon le magazine Sight and Sound 2022, RUSSIA BEYOND
- Mon Godard [Sur la première visite de Godard à la Russie, en 1992] Michel ELTCHANINOFF, 2022,
- John MacKay, Dziga Vertov. Life and Work, volume 1. 1914-1922 , François ALBERA, 2021, 1895
- Un film sur la guerre civile russe, disparu depuis 100 ans, ressurgit du passé Frédéric PONSARD, 2021,
- 10 фильмов, которые изменили документальное кино Sergey Sychev, 2020, Arzamas
- L’Homme à la Caméra : Dziga Vertov et la prise de conscience des spectateurs Herve AUBERT, 2020,
- RUSSIA BEYOND : Les 5 meilleurs films muets soviétiques, reconnus comme des chefs-d’œuvre du cinéma mondial [Meilleurs films muets] Ekaterina SINELCHTCHIKOVA, 2020, RUSSIA BEYOND
- RUSSIA BEYOND : Sept films documentaires russes qui vous captiveront jusqu'au bout Ekaterina SINELCHTCHIKOVA, 2020, RUSSIA BEYOND
- Vertov : « pour qui ? contre qui ? » Dziga Vertov, le Ciné-Œil de la Révolution. Écrits sur le cinéma David FAROULT, 2020, 1895, N°90, 2020
- Women film pioneers : After the Facts – These Edits Are My Thoughts Karen PEARLMAN, Jane M. GAINES, 2020,
- « Contribution à l'histoire du concept de montage » Kouléchov, Poudovkine, Vertov et Eisenstein Dominique CHATEAU, 2019, L'HARMATTAN
- Comment les réalisateurs soviétiques ont bouleversé le septième art Arsenii MARKOV, 2019, RUSSIA BEYOND
- L'Homme à la caméra, vu du lycée 2018,
- ‪Cartographie du combat pour Enthousiasme. Un dessin de Dziga Vertov‪ , Valérie POZNER, 2018, 1895
- « Ne copiez pas sur les yeux » disait Vertov Jean-Paul FARGIER, 2018,
- Collection Dziga Vertov [Depuis 2018, l'Austrium film museum met en ligne un grand nombre de documents consacrés à Dziga Vertov, dont 22 des 23 films de la collection Kino Pravda, les settings permettent d'afficher la traduction en français des intertitres.] 2018, Austrian Film Museum
- Dziga Vertov: Life and Work (Volume 1: 1896–1921) John MACKAY, 2018, Academic Studies Press
- L’influence de Vertov sur les documentaristes lettons des années 1960 : un projet d’organisation collective du filmage en héritage‪ Irina TCHERNEVA, 2018, 1895
- 1926: One Sixth of the World (Dziga Vertov) Josh ALVISU, 2017,
- 2017 : Lénine n’a pas pris une ride… Lucie HEYME, 2017,
- L’Homme à la Caméra et la théorisation du langage cinématographique Quentin CORAY, 2017,
- Кадры из фильмов Дзиги Вертова [16 images de films de Dziga Vertov] 2017,
- From Failed Propaganda to Timeless Masterpiece: Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929) Shari KIZIRIAN, 2017,
- Le re-montage dans le cinéma soviétique , François ALBERA, 2017, Décadrages
- Men with movie cameras: why documentary cinema owes everything to Soviet filmmakers Samuel GOFF, 2017,
- 10 фильмов, которые изменили документальное кино [10 films qui ont changé le cinéma documentaire] Сергей СЫЧЕВ, 2015,
- L'Homme à la caméra : un film sur le cinéma , Eugénie ZVONKINE, 2015,
- Un avant-gardiste du cinéma soviétique devenu un classique international Mikhaïl VIZEL, 2015, RUSSIA BEYOND
- Cinéma soviétique: l’agit-prop des années 20 JAMIE, 2012,
- L'Homme à la caméra de Dziga Vertov Bamchade POURVALI, 2011, Forum des Images
- Dziga Vertov : L'Homme à la caméra , Eugénie ZVONKINE, 2010, CNC, Cahiers du cinéma
- Dziga Vertov, la Sixième Partie du monde, la Onzième Année | Albrecht Viktor Blum, Leo Lania, Dans l’ombre de la machine, DVD, Edition filmmuseum, 2010 , François ALBERA, 2010,
- A film about a film about itself [ Man With a Movie Camera] Roger EBERT, 2009,
- Manufacturing truth : the documentary moment in early Soviet culture 2009, Elizabeth Astrid Papazian, Northern Illinois University Press
- Из наследия. Том 2. Статьи и выступления , Daria KRUZHKOVA, , Dziga VERTOV, 2008, Эйзенштейн-центр
- Dziga Vertov : Defining Documentary Film , Jeremy HICKS, 2007, I.B.Tauris, 2007
- L'outil génétique en terrain soviétique : l'exemple de Symphonie du Donbass de Dziga Vertov (1929-1931) , Valérie POZNER, 2007, Genesis
- L'Homme à la caméra de Dziga Vertov Majordome, 2004,
- Из наследия. Том 1. Драматургические опыты , Aleksandr DERYABIN, , Dziga VERTOV, 2004, Эйзенштейн-центр
- Lines Of Resistance : Dziga Vertov And The Twenties , Yuri TSIVIAN, 2004, Indiana University Press
- La Symphonie du Donbass (1931) de Dziga Vertov Jean-Paul DEPRETTO, 2003, Presses Universitaires du Midi, Le Cinéma "stalinien"
- Dziga Vertov: Comment tout cela a-t-il commencé? 2002, Manifeste-Revue moderne
- «Плод созрел и его надо снять…» К истокам вертовского шедевра. , Aleksandr DERYABIN, 2000,
- The man with the movie camera , Graham ROBERTS, 2000, I.B.Tauris
- Constructivism in Film : The Man With the Movie Camera : A Cinematic Analysis , Vlada PETRIC, 1993, CUP Archive
- Les origines du cinéma soviétique : un regard neuf , Myriam TSIKOUNAS, 1992, Cerf
- L'Homme à la caméra: de Dziga Vertov , Frédérique DEVAUX, 1990, Yellow Now
- Kino-Eye : The Writings of Dziga Vertov , Dziga VERTOV, Annette MICHELSON, 1984, University of California Press
- Кино-Глаз, Кинонеделя, Кино-правда. Жизнь врасплох [A propos de Dziga Vertov et Mikhail Kaufman] , Lev ROSHAL, 1982,, Iskusstvo, 1982
- Vertov et la vue , Jacques AUMONT, 1981, in Cinéma et Réalités, Saint-Étienne, CIEREC, pp. 23-44
- Groupes et classes sociales en Russie soviétique à travers les films de l'époque de 1917 à 1925. Filmographie soviétique, 1917-1921 Florence BARALE, 1976,, Cahiers du monde russe et soviétique
- Dziga Vertov , Georges SADOUL, 1971, Editions Champ Libre
- Dziga Vertov : 1896-1954 , Jean SCHNITZER, , Luda SCHNITZER, 1968, Anthologie du Cinéma
- Дзига Вертов , V. BOROVKOV, 1967, Искусство