Yelizaveta Svilova

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Yelizaveta Ignatevna Svilova (Russian: Елизаве́та Игна́тьевна Сви́лова, rendered in Latin as Elizaveta Svilova) (5 September 1900, Moscow – 11 November 1975, Moscow) was a Russian filmmaker and film editor.

She was a lifelong collaborator with her husband, Dziga Vertov. She is best known as the supervising editor on Man with a Movie Camera and for appearing in the film.[1]

Council of Three[edit]

She was part of the "Council of Three," with her husband and brother-in-law, cinematographer Mikhail Kaufman. Together, they "proclaimed a 'death sentence' on the cinema that came before, faulting it for mixing in 'foreign matter' from theater and literature."[2]


She covered the opening of Auschwitz death camp in Poland by the Red Army in January 1945. She filmed a documentary, notably with reenactments, titled Auschwitz, part of an exhibition titled "Filming the War; the Soviets and the Holocaust (1941-1946)" (9 January 2015 – 27 September 2015) in Paris, France, at the Memorial de la Shoah.

Selected works[edit]

  • Kino-Pravda [Russian: Кино-Правда] (1920s)
  • Cinema Eye [Russian: Кино-глаз or Kino-Glaz] (1924) - Editor
  • A Sixth Part of the World [Russian: Шестая часть мира or Shestaya chast mira] (1926) - 2nd Unit/Assistant Director
  • Forward, Soviet! [Russian Шагай, Совет! or Shagay, sovet!] (1926) - 2nd Unit/Assistant Director
  • The Oath of Youth [Russian: Клятва молодых or Klyatva molodykh] (1928) - Director
  • The Eleventh Year [Russian:Одиннадцатый 00 Odinnadtsatyi] (1928) - 2nd Unit/Assistant Director
  • Man with a Movie Camera [Russian: Человек с киноаппаратом or Chelovek s kino-apparatom] (1929) - Assistant Editor
  • Enthusiasm [Russian: Энтузиазм: Цимфония Донбасса or Entuziazm: Simfoniya Donbassa] (1930) - 2nd Unit/Assistant Director
  • Three Songs of Lenin [Russian: Три песни о Ленине, Tri pesni o Lenine] (1934) - 2nd Unit/Assistant Director
  • The Fall of Berlin [Russian: Берлин] (1945) - Director
  • Parade of Youth [Russian: Парад молодости or Parad molodosti] (1946) - Director
  • Nuremberg Trials [Russian: Суд народов or Sud narodov] (1947) - Director


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