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Dziga Vertov
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David Kaufman in 1913
Born
David Abelevich Kaufman

(1896-01-02)2 January 1896
Białystok, Grodno Governorate, Russian Empire (now Poland)
Died 12 February 1954(1954-02-12) (aged 58)
Nationality Soviet
Occupation Film director, cinema theorist
Years active 1917–1954
Notable work
Man with a Movie Camera
Spouse(s) Elizaveta Svilova (1929–1954; his death)
Family Boris Kaufman (brother)
Mikhail Kaufman (brother)

Dziga Vertov (Russian: Дзига Вертов, born David Abelevich Kaufman, Russian: Дави́д А́белевич Ка́уфман, and also known as Denis Kaufman; 2 January 1896 [O.S. 21 December 1895] – 12 February 1954) was a Soviet pioneer documentary film and newsreel director, as well as a cinema theorist. His filming practices and theories influenced the cinéma vérité style of documentary movie-making and the Dziga Vertov Group, a radical film-making cooperative which was active from 1968 to 1972. He was a member of the Kinoks collective, with Elizaveta Svilova and Mikhail Kaufman.

In the 2012 Sight & Sound poll, critics voted Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera (1929) the 8th best film ever made.

Vertov's younger brothers Boris Kaufman and Mikhail Kaufman were also noted filmmakers, as was his wife, Yelizaveta Svilova.

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