Wednesday, May 23, 2007

To Dziga, with Love

A conversation with a friend today regarding the Chris Marker DVD prompted this post about Dziga Vertov, the Soviet documentarian for whom Marker composed the following poem. Thanks, Friend.

'Let us praise Dziga Vertov
for if I had to choose the Ten Best Documentaries of All Time
i'd call it preposterous
but if there's ONE to choose:
Because this moment of our history, this palingenesis,
this dawn, this birth of our memory,
this first draft of what was due our world,
good and bad,
Paustovsky made us think of it
Eisenstein made us dream of it
but only one man made us SEE it

Chris Marker

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