Weblog since 2004 on books, films, art and travel.
Subscribe to the RSS feed.


Dziga Vertov's 'Entuziazm: Simfoniia Donbassa' ('Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass', 1930) was one of the first sound films in the Soviet Union. 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.

Vertov's Entuziazm

Celebrating the first Five Year Plan, 'Enthusiasm' documents socialization and industrialization in the Donbass region in the Ukraine, "fulfilling and overfulfilling the Plan on the sound-cinema front."

At its best, it creates music out of industrial noise (a bit like 'Eraserhead'), though at other times the cacophonic marching music gets just a little too, eh, enthusiastic.

More info: here (in Italian and English) and here (contains samples of the written score).


cinematic orchestra

Not sure if i can recommend a soundtrack without having heard it with the film. But this one holds up well enough on its own: The Cinematic Orchestra 's new soundtrack to Dziga Vertov 's 1929 avant-garde classic ' Man with a Movie Cam… Read the full post »

One comment

"Entuziazm" is now available on DVD: http://www.edition-filmmuseum.de

franziska , 17-11-’05 16:34

Leave a comment

(optional field)
(optional field)

To prevent automated commentspam you need to answer this question...
Remember personal info?
Hide email
Small print: All html tags except <b> and <i> will be removed from your comment. You can make links by just typing the url or mail-address.