1-8 August 2015. Check available screening times here.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
£8.35 – £11.75
Special ticket price for 15 to 25-year olds is £6, or bring a friend for £10.
Dziga Vertov’s remarkable and game-changing exploration of city life. BFI
Dziga Vertov’s experimental documentary is digitally restored and is back on screens. It was filmed in Moscow and in the Ukrainian cities of Odessa, Kiev and Kharkiv. Vertov intended to use his method kino-oko (cine-eye) to show the “truth”: the beauty of the machinery and hard labour, and the appealing everyday life in the modern socialist city. Truth and objectivity is better viewed in context: “Truth” was also the name of the contemporaneous Soviet newspaper, the major communist propaganda tool.
‘I am the camera eye, I am the mechanical eye. I am the machine which shows you the world as only I can see it’ Dziga Vertov
The film was shot over three years, and produced in Odessa (currently, Ukrainian city) studios in 1929. The original Ukrainian intertitles were sadly lost in the 30-s, when the film was re-cut in Russian.