Photography, cinema, or even paintings, what matters is the fascination for ancient faces, or why not, the reproduction of that fascination nowadays. Mainly children, whose innocence and vulnerability are among the purest themes of this world. I personally consider everything (and I am not only referring to the 20th century!) that happened before the 1960s as a world in its own right, fascinating, marvelous, and imbued with an elegance that has now disappeared, and which, to my deepest concern, has vanished since the advent of the Hippie culture. That fascination continues to drive me towards obsessive thoughts and behaviors, and to a personal mimesis as far as the reproduction of those ancient facial expressions is concerned, which can take the form of daily ornaments, and much satisfying personal mental scenarios staged when I am alone and surrounded by other people who don’t have the slightest clue of what is happening in my head. This is simply unexplainable, indescribable, and unjustifiable with words, and with the rationality of life I have to fight everyday.
Author: Margaux Soumoy
Chelovek s kino-apparatom (English title: Man With a Movie Camera). Directed by Dziga Vertov, idea and screenplay by Dziga Vertov, cinematography by Mikhail Kaufman and Gleb Troyanski, film editing by Dziga Vertov, music by Galeshka Moravioff, Vseukrainske Foto Kino Upravlinnia (VUFKU), Soviet Union, 1929, silent, 35mm, aspect ratio: 1.33:1, black and white, 68 min.
Cast: Mikhail Kaufman (Le cameraman)
Clip: 50:54 to 50:58
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