Dziga and his brothers

Dziga i jego bratja

Dziga a jeho bratři

  • Yevgeni Tsymbal
  • Russia
  • 2002, 52 min
Photography: Alexander Burov, Boris Kaufman, Mikhail Kaufman
Editing: Yevgeni Tsymbal Natalija Volkova, Vadim Astakhov, Sergei Selianov, Grigory Libergal
Music: Roman Riazantsev, Pokrass Brothers
Color: Black and white

David, Moishe and Boris Kaufman - perhaps the most talented brothers in the history of film - were born to a bookseller and a daughter of a rabbi in the town of Bialystok, Poland.

To escape the anti-Jewish pogroms they left to St Petersburg, where the ideas of the red revolution became their artistic initiation. Dziga Vertov (David) became a famous visionary of a documentary film, his brother Mikhail (Moishe) was the cameraman of his films, with whom he parted, both aesthetically and as humans, after making The Man with a Movie Camera; Boris left for France where he would eventually film all of Jean Vigo's masterpieces, and following his flight over the ocean before Nazism, he co-operated among others with Alexander Hackenschmied and became a famous Hollywood cameraman.

After the war, Dziga was to experience the anti-Semitic persecution of the Stalin era, and died jobless a month before Boris was awarded an Oscar for Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront. It is a consistent biographical documentary, the stories of three men shown as a cultural and political map of the first half of 20th century.

Photo Gallery

Seagull Films / USA /
Festival edition: 2004
Sections: Opus Bonum
Exhibition format: BetaCam


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