Three Songs of Lenin

2008 | 00:10:49 | United States | English | B&W | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Death and Dying, Film or Videomaking, Media Analysis

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Three Songs of Lenin is an 11-minute piece made from three one-second samples taken from the second song We Loved Him of Vertov's film Three Songs About Lenin. Building on Vertov's second song's structural use of moving and still images to articulate a dynamic of Lenin's passing from life to death, this video employs an algorithmic structure where every other frame is the first frame of the one-second sample. The 29.97 frame rate allows us to almost see moving and still images at the same time as an imagining of Lenin haunting the present.