Shklovsky in the Film Factory


First of all, I have a job at the third factory of Goskino.

Second of all, the name isn’t hard to explain. The first factory was my family and school. The second was Opoyaz.

And the third – is processing me at this very moment.1

Russian Formalist, Viktor Shklovsky, is better known for his short essays in literary criticism and participation in the pre-revolutionary futurist avant-garde with figures such as Vladimir Mayakovsky, David Burliuk and Velimir Khlebnikov, yet in throughout the 1920s and after he worked tirelessly in the ‘film factory’ of Goskino writing and editing scripts for luminaries such as Lev Kuleshev, Abram Room and Boris Barnet, Viktor Turin, Vladimir Pudovkin as well as writing a short book, or long series of essays, on Literature and Cinema. This presentation will attempt a minor assessment of Viktor Shklovsky’s work on film through short clips and reconstructions of his theoretical and practical contribution to early 20th century film.

1Viktor Shklovsky, Third Factory, [Trans. Richard Sheldon], London & Illinois: Dalkey Archive, 2002, p.8.

A pdf pamphlet can be downloaded belowShklovsky in the film factory- revised-July_2015


About anti

Anthony Iles is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University. A founder member of the Full Unemployment Cinema. A contributing editor with Mute / Metamute since 2005. He is the author, with Josephine Berry-Slater, of the book, No Room to Move: Art and the Regenerate City (Mute Books, London 2011), contributing editor to the recent publications, Anguish Language: writing and crisis (Archive Books, Berlin, 2015), and Look at Hazards, Look at Losses (Mute/Kuda, 2017) and a contributor to Brave New Work: A Reader on Harun Farocki’s Film A New Product. Recent essays have been published in Mute, Radical Philosophy, Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art and Logos.
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