Dziga Vertov & Doc Film
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3042
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course explores the major works by Dziga Vertov (1896-1954), arguably the most influential figure in the development of the documentary as one of the major genres in twentieth-century cinema. While often associated with “cinéma-verite´,” Vertov was equally interested in the theoretical, aesthetic and political possibilities of documentary filmmaking, and he remains the central figure for documentary filmmaking today. Students are expected to watch (and write about) one film each week outside of class including Kino-Pravda, The Man with the Movie Camera, Three Songs of Lenin, One Sixth of the World, and Enthusiasm. Class readings will include Vertov’s own writings, and essays by film historians and scholars. This is one of several five-week courses on cinema history that complement each other when taken sequentially.
Course Open to: Degree Students