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Dziga Vertov (1896-1954) was born in 1896 in Bialystok, a city that nowadays belongs to Poland, but that was then part of the Russian Empire. Vertov is known as one of the leading names of Soviet avant-garde cinema along with Eisenstein, Pudovkin and Dovzhenko.

In 1923, he published his most influential manifesto "Kino-Eye" in which he stands up against dramatic and literary cinema and comes up with the proposal of a cinema free from other artistic influences. According to such a proposal, the camera, or 'mechanical eye', should show how "life itself " and "the new men" reconciled with the machine. His best-known film, "Man with a Movie Camera" (1929), illustrates these ideas.

In 1930, "Enthusiasm" was released.  It is a documentary written, edited and directed by Vertov and was one of the first Soviet feature films to use sound.

With the rise of Socialist Realism (an art movement that would become official from the 1930s), Vertov would gradually move away from the Russian film scene, although he never abandoned cinema. His films and his theories have had a lasting mark on cinema history, especially through directors like Jean Rouch (cinema verité) or Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin (Dziga Vertov group).

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