Kino-Pravda No. 5 & 6: new soundtrack

Kino-Pravda is a series of newsreels directed by Dziga Vertov between 1922 and 1925.

This summer, during a residency at the Logelloù with Nicolas Sidoroff and Krystian Sarrau, we created a new soundtrack to Vertov's Kino-Pravda No. 5 and No. 6:

We recorded the soundtrack live on July 30, 2021.

The Council of Three

Dziga Vertov worked very closely with Mikhail Kaufman and Elizaveta Svilova. They constituted a Council of Three and published about Kino-Eye and their vision of film making. In these excerpts from a 1923 resolution, the Council of Three describe how the camera enables to see the world in new ways:

I am kino-eye, I am a mechanical eye. I, a machine, show you the world as only I can see it.
Now and forever, I free myself from humanity immobility, I am in constant motion, I draw near, then away from objects, I crawl under, I climb onto them. I move apace with the muzzler of a galloping horse, I plunge full speed into a crowd, I outstrip running soldiers, I fall on my back I ascend with an airplane, I plunge and soar together with plunging and soaring bodies. Now I, a camera, fling myself along their resultant, maneuvering in the chaos of movement, recording movement, starting with movements composed of the most complex combinations.
Freed from the rule of sixteen-seventeen frames per second, free of the limits of time and space, I put together any given points in the universe, no matter where I've recorded them.
My paths leads to the creation of a fresh perception of the world. I decipher in a new way a world unknown to you.

in Kino-Eye, the Writings of Dziga Vertov, translated by Kevin O'Brien.


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