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99 Ratings

Three Songs About Lenin

Три песни о Ленине

Directed by Dziga Vertov
Soviet Union, 1934


Three anonymous songs about Lenin provide the basis for this documentary that celebrates the achievements of the Soviet Union and Lenin’s role in creating them.

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Three Songs About Lenin Directed by Dziga Vertov

Critics reviews

They’re not really “THREE SONGS”—more like THREE CANTOS, ‘cause Dziga is not a populist, as much as he wants to be one. He tries to sing in the voices of others and ends up singing of himself, and the beauty he experiences. In short, the Walt Whitman of Soviet cinema. It’s what Godard has Belmondo tell us in PIERROT LE FOU: “Not to write about people’s lives anymore, but only about life—life itself. What lies in between people: space, sound, and color.”
October 06, 2017
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The frenzied experimentalism [of Kino Pravda] has been toned down, out of both technical and political necessity (the sound era, Stalin), but Vertov still shows a keen interest in the Soviet empire’s further-flung regions; a sequence in which Muslim women cast off their veils resonates to this day, even if much of the rest is unavoidably a museum piece.
July 31, 2015

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