The History of the Civil War

The History of the Civil War

World premiere: IDFA 2021

One hundred years after its first and only (private) screening, Dziga Vertov’s sophomore film The History of the Civil War will be shown in public for the very first time as a one-off screening during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2021. The film, long thought to have been lost, portrays various events and key figures from the Russian Civil War (1918-1921). Film historian Nikolai Izvolov, who in 2018 also brought Vertov's The Anniversary of the Revolution to IDFA, restored the film. 

The film, originally a silent film, will be accompanied by live music by the Anvil Orchestra. Musicians Roger Miller and Terry Donahue, former members of the Alloy Orchestra, have composed a soundtrack to the film and will be performing this live at IDFA. With the Anvil Orchestra, Miller and Donahue continue the silent film accompanying tradition of the Alloy Orchestra, after it disbanded earlier this year. They have created contemporary scores for more than thirty silent classics, such as Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Strike by Sergei Eisenstein.
 

Credits
Director (1921)
Dziga Vertov
Director of Restoration (2021)
Nikolai Izvolov
Producer (2021)
Konstantin Grinberg-Vertogradsky