Lullaby

    • Dziga Vertov
    • Russia
    • 1937
    • 58 min
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    One of the last films by editing maestro Dziga Vertov, who this time did without the cinematic trickery used in his magnum opus Man with a Movie Camera (1929). Vertov made Lullaby to mark the 20th anniversary of the October Revolution, dedicating the film to “the women of the Soviet Union” – a recurring theme in his oeuvre. Opening with a rocking camera and a tender montage of babies breastfeeding, the film races through the various parts of the Soviet Union – concentrating on the Far East – recording all kinds of folksy, romantic scenes of radiant mothers and their children, the inevitable portrait of Joseph Stalin omnipresent in the background. Halfway through, Stalin himself appears at a women’s congress, where he is praised for the new constitution that will “affirm the emancipation of women.” It seems that Stalin and the members of his party were not so impressed by the film, however: Lullaby screened for only a few days, and in the years that followed virtually all new film plans submitted by Vertov were rejected.

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    • 58 min
    • black and white
    • 35mm
    Director
    Dziga Vertov
    Co-director
    Elizaveta Svilova
    Cinematography
    Dmitri Surenskij
    Screenplay
    Dziga Vertov
    Screening copy
    Osterreichisches Filmmuseum

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