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Ratings & Reviews

  1. dionysus67's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    Impressive specimen of Soviet modernization and collectivization Utopia. There are several dazzling techniques used by Vertov as well as powerful set-pieces, such as the destruction of religious symbols. The total mobilization of labor-power is expectedly dressed in the garb of militarist patriotism. This is itself is an achievement that culminates in an incadescent metal loop ballet. Militant, dated but brilliant!

  2. Walker's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    In contrast to "Man With a Movie Camera" this film is quite limiting and tedious.

  3. bagno's rating of the film Enthusiasm

  4. Brotherdeacon's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    Concurrent with the release of this film as a flag-waving device for the first Soviet 5 Year Plan (1928-1932), much of the Donbass basin (which was the subject of this film's production and images) an industrial zone of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic experienced The Holodomor. Holodomor is a Ukrainian word for extermination by hunger, in this

  5. Sudipto Basu's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    Simply correcting the line of mourning adopted here. Vertov was not "assigned" to make a propaganda film, nor was he someone in the classic auteur model (making interesting work in a rote industrial setup). Vertov was positively interested in contributing to Five Year Plan's hyper-modernizing drive, considering his film to be part of the same "shock labour" experiment.

  6. msmichel's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    After the classic 'Man With a Movie Camera', Vertov made this bold foray into audio-visual synchronisation but failed to overcome its propagandistic tendencies. His mix of blatant propaganda with avant-garde technique made for interesting images blended with sound (far ahead of his western contemporaries) but those came with a side of Soviet collectivisation. A crusty relic.

  7. Kamran's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    Virtuosic filmmaking & experimental sound montage curbed by (fortunately observational) propaganda. Industrial footage a wonder. 79/100 (3.5)

  8. xrystyna's rating of the film Enthusiasm

  9. bennievermeer's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    If Vertov's classic 'Man with a Movie Camera' is a bombardment of images, 'Enthusiasm' is a bombardment of sound, experimenting with music, sync sound and dialogue.

  10. Erik Gregersen's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    A mixed bag with brilliant cinematic technique in service of straight-up Communism with churches being torn down and farms being collectivized.

  11. Low's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    This should have set the standard for sound films instead of "talkies". Film would have been a much more interesting art form.

  12. Nathan Heigert's rating of the film Enthusiasm

    One wishes the Kremlin had allowed Dziga's virtuosity a worthier subject than the glories of Soviet farm equipment. It's like assigning Orson Welles to film the new John Deere line.