2014, Tue, Sep 23

Anthony Iles and Kerstin Stakemeier

Short Film, Lecture + Discussion

Film still from Po Zakonu / By the Law (1926) directed by Lev Kuleshev

Film still from Po Zakonu / By the Law (1926) directed by Lev Kuleshev

Viktor Shklovsky on Film:"First of all, I have a job at the third factory of Goskino.Second of all, the name isn't hard to explain. The first factory was my family and school. Thesecond was Opoyaz.And the third – is processing me at this very moment."
(Viktor Shklovsky, Third Factory, [Trans. Richard Sheldon], London & Illinois: Dalkey Archive, 2002, p.8.)

Russian formalist Viktor Shklovsky is better known for his short essays in literary criticism and participation in the pre-revolutionary futurist avant-garde with figures such as Vladimir Mayakovsky, David Burliuk and Velimir Khlebnikov, yet throughout the 1920s and after he worked tirelessly in the 'film factory' of Goskino writing and editing scripts for luminaries such as Lev Kuleshev, Abram Room and Boris Barnet as well as writing a short book, or long essay, on Literature and Cinema. This presentation will attempt a minor assessment of Viktor Shklovsky's work on film through short clips and reconstructions of his theoretical and practical contribution to early 20th century film.