Dziga Vertov Characteristics

Each film artist has separate characteristics in directing their films. Dziga Vertov created his own ideas for his films not only from what he learned through training or even through other artists, but from his own experience as well. Just like most film artists, Vertov looked for what the audience wanted as well as what interested him. By being a film artist one had to be interested in the film that they were making. Vertov also showed that the was interested through interviews he gave. Vertov's films were based on two characteristics: the images portraying Soviet reality, and the way he edited these pictures together to create an effect.

All of Vertov's film are about the Soviet Union and its people. Images of Soviet life create a theme in Vertov's films. According to Barnouw, on Vertov's One Sixth of the World, "To men and women with only a dim awareness of the scope and resources of their land, the film must indeed have been a prideful pageant" (Barnouw, 1984). Most of Vertov's films placed a great emphasis on the emotions of the Russian people.

Vertov's representations in his films were real life images of the Soviet people. "Sallying forth with cameras, they caught moments when a Moscow trolley line, long defunct in torn up streets, was finally put back into action" (Barnouw, 1984). Vertov wanted to get as close to reality as possible. He did this by having his crew go out into the streets of Russia and film the action of the Russian people. He wanted the audience to see through his editing what his movies were really all about. "The cinema-eye is a means of making the invisible visible, the obscure clear, the hidden obvious, the disguised exposed, and acting not acting" ("Dziga Vertov", 1123). Vertov had a unique way of making films, unlike any artist of his time.

The way Vertov edited his pieces added to the message he was trying to send in his movies. Much of his editing had a certain style that went with it. The style was rapid cutting so that the narration could be told with various pictures crossing over ("Dziga Vertov", 1222). Rapid cutting helped Vertov use various images which he had taken from Russia.

Through interviews, Vertov discussed what his films were to create. He knew he wanted to get the image across through his characters and through his editing. Vertov said there was a reason for the way he edited his films. He said that there are all different kinds of recordings such as multiple exposure, foreshortening and reverse motion ("Dziga Vertov," 1224). All of these helped the theme used in his movies.

Most of Vertov's films were made in the early 20th century. Vertov had two characteristics that made him an artist. The first characteristic of Vertov's films was his real life imagery. The second was his rapid cutting in editing his films together to create a story. Vertov wanted to send his messages in his films in both pre-production and post production.


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