Of all the rarely seen Vertov films, Kino-Pravda (192225) is the rarest of all. Everyone (starting with Vertov himself) mentions Kino-Pravda as the playground for Vertov's boldest experiments in film form, but how many of us have actually seen any of its 23 issues
apart from special issue 21, devoted to Lenin's death? To show the whole 3-year run of the Kino-Pravda newsreel (all but one survive, though some in fragments) was I am sure one of the Giornate's history-changing
decisions. I doubt if it had ever been done before or could have be done, without the involvement of RGAKFD and the
Österreichisches Filmmuseum, which hold two of the world's major collections of Vertov's films. It's quite a marathon, it
is true, but the reward for running is given not at the finish line, but in the process: to see Kino-Pravda issue-by-issue is like watching a time-lapse movie showing the growth of Soviet avant-garde cinema (born in 1922, not in
1924 as we are normally told).