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In spring

1929, VUFKU (Kyiv), 79'

Director:
 Mіkhail Kaufman
Scriptwriter:
 Mіkhail Kaufman
Cameraman:
 Mіkhail Kaufman 

In Spring (1929) is a masterpiece of the Ukrainian avant-garde cinema, a non-feature film made by Mіkhail Kaufman, Dziga Vertov’s brother and co-author, in accordance with the avant-garde theory of «cine-eye». The film shows Kyiv in 1929, almost unknown today.

The shots showing the awakening of the city, the renewal of its life, are in line with the lyrical portrayals of reviving nature. Kaufman’s attentive camera pauses on smiling faces of children, lyrically depicting a declaration of love to Kyiv. In In Spring, Kaufman used the method of “hidden camera” for the first time.

 

The shots showing the awakening of the city, the renewal of its life, are in line with the lyrical portrayals of reviving nature. Kaufman’s attentive camera pauses on smiling faces of children, lyrically depicting a declaration of love to Kyiv. In In Spring, Kaufman used the method of “hidden camera” for the first time.

Mikhail Kaufman’s In Spring (1929) was more of a cinematic poem than a documentary. In 1930 in Ukraine, along with Earth, it made a profound impression on us. In Spring made us discover a completely new form of documentary cinema, a cine-poem, where the lyrical theme of thaw and swelling buds conveyed the pathos of the advancement of the USSR towards building socialism without concealing the still existing remnants of the past. I saw this film thirty-seven years ago but still keep unforgettable memories of it.

 

Georges Sadoul, French film theorist