Dziga Vertov Collection
As early as 1967, the Austrian Film Museum started to collect films, writings, photographs, posters and other documentation relating to (and created by) the Soviet filmmaking pioneer and theorist Dziga Vertov (1896-1954).
Since 2004, the Film Museum has been renewing its Vertov tradition of the 1960s and 70s. The collection is now
being processed and evaluated by Slavicists and the museums research staff. It has been transferred into a online database which is online since spring 2009. Currently, additional material is being researched and integrated into the collection.
In 2005, the Film Museum published a Double-DVD on Entuziazm and its restoration; in 2006, the largest-ever retrospective of Vertovs films was staged at the Film Museum, accompanied
by a bilingual book which for the first time lays out the rich materials saved by Elisaveta Svilova:
The Vertov Collection at the Austrian Film Museum.
From 2007 to 2010 the Film Museum co-organized the three-year research project Digital Formalism in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies (University of Vienna) and the Interactive Media Systems Group (Vienna University of Technology). Celebrating its completion, the Film Museum published a further Double-Disc DVD on Vertov, consisting of his rare features estaja čast mira (A Sixth Part of the World) and Odinnadcatyj (The Eleventh Year). British composer Michael Nyman has created new scores for these two films from 1926 and 1928. All these activities aim at creating a network of - and for - international scholars, historians and curators, giving access to as many primary and secondary sources as possible in the interest of furthering and deepening the legacy of Dziga Vertov.