Frist Center film series “Revolution and Realism” will showcase seminal works from the early years of the Soviet Union.
In this experimental documentary film, director Dziga Vertov offers an avant-garde view of urban life within the Soviet Union. Disregarding narrative, character, and traditional cinematic storytelling, Vertov instead showcases his cutting-edge techniques in what has been described as a feature-length montage. This screening will also feature a scholarly introduction by Dr. Jason Strudler from the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt. Directed by Dziga Vertov. 68 minutes. NR. 1929. Blu-ray. Silent with English intertitles.
Image: Arkady Shaikhet, Express, 1939. Gelatin silver print, 15 5/8 × 21 1/8 in. Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York. Artwork © Estate of Arkady Shaikhet, courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery