Three Songs About Lenin

Three Songs About Lenin (Russian: Три песни о Ленине, 1934) is a documentary sound film by Ukrainian-Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov. It is based on three admiring songs sung by anonymous people in Soviet Russia about Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. It is made up of 3 episodes and is 57 minutes long.

Three Songs About Lenin
Directed byDziga Vertov
Written byDziga Vertov
CinematographyMark Magidson
Bentsion Monastyrsky
Dmitri Surensky
Distributed byAmkino Corporation (USA) (1934)
Release date
  • 1934 (1934)
Running time
57 minutes
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageSilent film
Three Songs about Lenin

In 1969 it was re-edited by Elizaveta Svilova, Ilya Kopalin and Serafima Pumpyanskaya as part of the 1970 Lenin centenary.[1]

The songs in the filmEdit

The film opens with some texts on Lenin, and then continue with three episodes. The first episode opens with the music from the second movement of Beethoven's piano sonata Pathétique, adapted for orchestra. It then moves to the first song My face was in a gloomy prison. The first episode lasts about 19 minutes. The second episode opens with the third movement (funeral march) of Chopin's piano sonata in b-flat minor, adapted for orchestra. In the middle section of the second song, Vertov uses Wagner's Siegfried's Funeral March in Götterdämmerung, the last installment of Der Ring des Nibelungen. The third song In a big city made of stone, where Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers is used.

Home mediaEdit

This film was restored and released in home media (BD and DVD) by Flicker Alley and Eureka.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Allegory and Accommodation: Vertov's Three Songs of Lenin (1934) as a Stalinist film" (PDF). Film History. 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  2. ^ "Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly-Restored Works". Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  3. ^ "Man with a Movie Camera and Other Works by Dziga Vertov | Eureka". Retrieved 2021-10-21.

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