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The Power Institute in collaboration with Macquarie University is pleased to present a lecture by Professor John MacKay on the work of pioneer Soviet filmmaker and theorist Dziga Vertov.

Today Vertov is known for his independent, exploratory style of filmmaking, including the ‘Cine-Eye’ montage method of filmmaking. His ideas were also highly influential in the development of the cinéma vérité style of documentary movie-making of the 1960s. Richly illustrated with film clips, MacKay’s lecture will trace Vertov’s career from his early years as David Kaufman in the city of Bialystok, Poland, through his formative experiences in World War I and the Russian Civil War and culminates in examination of his masterpieces of the 1920s and 1930s. The lecture will also examine Vertov’s famous anti-fiction-film manifestos, specific examples of his complex ‘rhythmic editing’, and his extraordinary experiments with documentary sound.

John MacKay is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Film and Media Studies at Yale University. He teaches a wide variety of courses on literature, Russian culture, cultural theory, and film and moving image media, and is the author of Inscription and Modernity: From Wordsworth to Mandelstam (Indiana University Press, 2006), Four Russian Serf Narratives (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), True Songs of Freedom: Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Russian Culture and Society (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), Dziga Vertov: Life and Work (forthcoming from Academic Studies Press) and Film Theory: A Very Short Introduction (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). Samples of his work can be found at

Monday 13 March, 2017
The Old Geology Lecture Theatre – next to Parramatta Rd. footbridge and across from Footbridge Lecture Theatre
Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney
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Free and open to all with online registrations required.
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Who was Dziga Vertov? is co-presented by the Power Institute in collaboration with Macquarie University.


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