Kino-Week Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, 21–25

Anne Nesbet is associate professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Film and Media at UC Berkeley.

(Kinonedelja) The forty-three issues of Kino-Week that were made between May 1918 and June 1919 (some of them directed and supervised by Vertov) are a priceless record of daily life during the civil war between the White and Red Armies, and at the brutal conclusion of the Great War between Russia and its former allies-violent upheaval that brought about famine, peasant mutinies, and the Soviet government's “Red Terror” policy. Included in this program from 1918 are images of Lenin and Trotsky reviewing the Red Army parade in Red Square; the wildly triumphant “Anniversary Chariot” circling the streets of Moscow in commemoration of the centenary of Karl Marx's birth; scenic views of the White Nights in Moscow; and the unveilings of statues dedicated to such revolutionary heroes as Danton and Bakunin, commissioned as part of Lenin's Plan for Monumental Propaganda.

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