Friday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
(Chelovek s kino-apparatom, Dziga Vertov, Soviet Union 1929, 68 min., DCP)
Labor Film Series | Alloy Orchestra. The Alloy Orchestra returns to the Dryden Theatre with this silent film, director Dziga Vertov’s lasting contribution to world cinema. This classic of experimental early filmmaking shows the work of a cameraman as he records life and work in the streets of Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. Groundbreaking for its use of emerging film techniques, including multiple exposure, fast- and slow-motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, and stop-motion animation, this film was voted as the best documentary of all time in a 2014 Sight & Sound critics’ poll. Alloy Orchestra based their score on the director’s notes to his composer for the premiere of the film in 1929.
Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources.