Thursday, March 6, 2003

Docs on Docs

Program 1: Dziga and His Brothers with Vertov, Vigo and Beckett shorts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

This new Russian documentary, in its Bay Area premiere, examines the lives and works of the three Kaufman brothers: David (known as Dziga Vertov), Mikhail (who shot most of Vertov’s films through Man with A Movie Camera and became a filmmaker in his own right) and Boris (who emigrated first to France and then to the U.S. and is known for his cinematography for Vigo, Kazan and Lumet). Including rare archival images of the three brothers and clips from their respective works, this documentary explores their Polish-Jewish family history, the personal and aesthetic divergences between Vertov and Mikhail after 1928, and their relationships with Boris. It will be accompanied by Vertov’s Kino Pravda from 1922 and two shorts shot by Boris: Jean Vigo’s Taris (1931) and Samuel Beckett and Alan Schneider’s Film (1965, starring Buster Keaton). (Irina Leimbacher)