I am writing this post in gratitude to Briony Dixon for her article in Sight And Sound this month which helped me discover Esfir Shub a pioneering film editor and director from Soviet Russia. Her editing style was a great influence on both Eisenstein and Vertov and she appears in Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera. Her first documentary feature The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927) is proof of Shub’s editing talent, in which she skillfully juxtaposes the hypocrisy of the ruling elite and the plight of the hard working peasantry. One of my favourite moments about half way through the film is beautiful a sequence featuring a sunset, a ship’s searchlight and an explosion of mud perfectly illustrating Eisentsein’s montage of attraction.
The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927)