USSR, 1930, 67mn 
Black and white, documentary
Enthusiasm (Simfoniya Donbassa)
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Симфония Донбаса


 La Symphonie du Donbass

 Simfoniya Donbasa

Russian subtitle : Энтузиазм
Directed by : Dziga VERTOV (Дзига ВЕРТОВ)
Cinematography : Boris TSEITLIN (Борис ЦЕЙТЛИН)
Music : Nikolay_2 TIMOFEYEV (Николай_2 ТИМОФЕЕВ)
Sound : Pyotr SHTRO (Пётр ШТРО)
Editing : Yelizaveta SVILOVA (Елизавета СВИЛОВА), Dziga VERTOV (Дзига ВЕРТОВ)
Production : Ukraїnfilm, Studio de Kiev
Release date in Russia : 02/04/1931

Plot synopsis
This is not a dubbed film, but a movie symphony with the originally recorded sound, which paved the way to the screen for documentary sounds presented as a symphony, «one of the most impressive image and sound symphonies» (Chaplin). In this movie Vertov did what later in the 60s became known as «concrete music», which uses real-life and industrial noises as part of the musical image. Vertov’s crew did no merely record the real noises and sounds, they were the first to carry out several synchronous shooting sessions, implying simultaneous recording of image and sound.
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Commentaries and bibliography
‪Cartographie du combat pour Enthousiasme. Un dessin de Dziga Vertov‪, Valérie POZNER, 1895, 2018
L'outil génétique en terrain soviétique : l'exemple de Symphonie du Donbass de Dziga Vertov (1929-1931), Valérie POZNER, Genesis, 2007
La Symphonie du Donbass (1931) de Dziga Vertov, Jean-Paul DEPRETTO, Presses Universitaires du Midi, Le Cinéma "stalinien", 2003

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Sound of Silent. Festival international du film muet de Chartres, Chartres (France), 2023
- The Golden Age of Soviet Cinema : 1924-1930, (France), 2023
- Festival des Cultures Est-Ouest. Un Weekend à l'Est, Paris (France), 2022
- L'URSS des cinéastes à la Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : deuxième partie, Paris (France), 2017
- The USSR of filmmakers at the Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : first and second part, Paris (France), 2017
- Journées cinématographiques, Saint Denis (France), 2011
- International Festival of Contemporary Cinema «Zavtra / 2morrow», Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Month of the documentary in France, Different cities (France), 2010
- Russian Film Festival, Orléans (France), 2010
- Sarlat Film Festival, Sarlat (France), 2009
- Month of documentaries, Lyon (France), 2008
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2008
- Europalia Russia 2005, Brussels (Belgium), 2005

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