Dziga Vertov

Dziga Vertov, whose real name was David Abelevich Kaufman (Białystok, January 2, 1896 – Moscow, February 12, 1954), was an avant-garde Soviet filmmaker, first a writer and editor of newsreels, then a documentary filmmaker and theorist. His manifesto “Kinoks-Revolution” (Cine-Eye), published in the magazine LEF in June 1923, affirms his desire to found a cinema totally free of literature and theater, rejecting the use of a script, showing through the camera, “the mechanical eye”, “life itself”, and forming “new men” reconciled with the machine. His “theory of intervals” makes it possible to establish temporal and spatial relationships between images. His best known film, The Man with the Camera (1929), is intended to illustrate these theses.