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This dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play. Considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. Score by Michael Nyman.

Starring:
Mikhail Kaufman
Runtime:
1 hour 8 minutes

Man With a Movie Camera

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Genres International, Documentary
Director Dziga Vertov
Starring Mikhail Kaufman
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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One of the greatest and most influential films ever made.
Scott T. Rivers
The version I saw also has a great score by composer Michael Nyman and written biographies of the Dziga Vertov and michael Nyman.
gac1003
The Man With The Movie Camera is an excellent piece of work by Dziga Vertov who directs this film with lots of artistic quality.
Matthew G. Sherwin

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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful By gigitralaine on June 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Vertov's _Man with a Movie Camera_ is not only the hallmark of Russian Constructivist film but one of the greatest films ever made, no hyperbole intended. Vertov's main premise was to create a new city, an Utopian ideal, through montage and editing. The scenes in the film are taken from footage of the three Russian cities of Kiev, Moscow and Odessa.
Unlike many of the other reviewers, I would have to suggest watching the film with the sound off (at least once.) The music, although originally composed by Vertov, has been adapted more recently by the Alloy Orchestra, and can have the tendency to be a distraction. Indeed, Vertov stated that film should be a medium that stands alone, not muddled by the addition of psychology, romance, or music. He placed tremendous value on the camera's ability to distill truth from visual "garbage," with what he termed "Kino-Eye" or "Truth-Eye."
Additionally, I would recommend reading Vlada Petric's meticulous still-by-still dissection of the film---_Constructivism in Film : The Man With the Movie Camera : A Cinematic Analysis (Cambridge Studies in Film)_, as well as Andrei Bely's novel _Petersburg_, which Nabokov cited as one of the four most important literary works of the 20th century and deals in part with a similar urban improvement motif, and of course Vertov's own theoretical writings _Kino-Eye: The Writings of Dziga Vertov_.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on April 17, 2000
Format: DVD
I love silent movies. The grammar of the cinema has been invented during this period. It's amazing to discover that what seems to us truly original or personal in most of our today geniuses was already there in these black and white movies, even in a better way. I am conscious that it demands a peculiar effort to the 1999 movie fan, but the reward is great.
THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is a 1929 russian movie directed by Dziga Vertov. A breath-taking musical score has been recorded for the reissue of this movie a few years ago. I still have this music in my head three days after having seen the picture ! You will also find in this DVD a really instructive commentary which is absolutely necessary if you want to appreciate all the subtleties of THE MAN OF THE MOVIE CAMERA.
This motion picture is a kind of manifesto, without screenplay. It could have been a documentary but it's not. Certain moments are not so far from the surrealism one can find in the movies of Luis Bunuel shot at the same period. Other scenes of the movie are lessons of cinema that could have been given by, let's say, a Jean-Luc Godard. For instance, Vertov films a train coming with great speed towards the camera, then the man with the movie camera shooting the scene, then the audience watching the train coming on the screen. At this moment, one remembers that one of the first movies ever filmed was, in 1896, the entrance of a train in a french railway station. The audience screamed and left the room in a hurry, 35 years later no one moves.
If you are curious about cinema, if you definitely consider it as an art, if you like to have images haunting your mind during days, then you really should consider THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA as
A DVD for your library.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2002
Format: DVD
The opening titles of MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA introduce the film as an "experiment in the cinematic communication of visible events." They prepare the viewer for a film event without intertitles, scenario, sets, actors, et cetera. "This experimental work aims at creating a truly international absolute language of cinema based on its total separation from the language of theater and literature." If Vertov's prefatory titles do not already awaken in you an irrepressible curiosity, I think there is little else I can say on behalf of "Man With A Movie Camera." The film succeeds in creating a uniquely cinematic language, which is still highly expressive today, even though the film is over seventy years old. I am reluctant to say anything more, partly because other reviews have already sufficiently praised the film, but also because I do not wish to compromise its uniquely cinematic language by further trying to translate it.
I will, however, concur with the previous reviews that this IMAGE DVD Edition is outstanding. The transfer has been digitally remastered from a 35mm negative and features an electrifying new score, which, though newly composed for the DVD, follows Vertov's own music instructions, and is recorded in full, crisp stereo sound. The superb transfer presents the film with vertical black bars, thus preserving the film's original aspect ratio. And, as if that isn't enough, the film is accompanied by an informative audio essay by Yuri Tsivian.
Some DVD producers have concluded that it is not worthwhile to invest time and money into engineering quality releases of silent films. Thus, it is encouraging to find an outstanding DVD edition of such a groundbreaking film from the silent era. This DVD belongs in the library of any serious film lover.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
Format: DVD
The Man With The Movie Camera is an excellent piece of work by Dziga Vertov who directs this film with lots of artistic quality. The idea is to essentially provide viewers with a slice of life as it existed at the time in The Soviet Union. The Man With The Movie Camera uses fantastic camera and cinematography techniques to make this movie stand out as a very good one.

This slice of life movie runs a full 68 minutes without any intertitles, plot, or actors. The people we see in the film are real, everyday people of different classes and backgrounds. I know; the former Soviet Union was to be a classless society; but it's abundantly clear in this movie that some people were so poor they had to sleep in the streets while others clearly enjoyed life at the beach or very modern clothing for their outings and social gatherings. In addition, we see the effects of Communism in the various social halls and a passenger freighter all named after Lenin. The newspaper is a union run newspaper; and except for the wealthy most people do wear essentially the same style of clothing.

The film brilliantly starts with a movie theater filling up with moviegoers and the projectionist and orchestra pit begin the performance; thus there is a movie within a movie. Very impressive! The footage also includes quite a bit of time filming the director as he goes all over a city, towns and beaches trying and succeeding at capturing this precious slice of life.

We see happy people, sad and depressed people, storekeepers, mail carriers. As the film goes along the day begins and we see the people of a city rise from their beds to start what becomes an incredibly busy day; and this is documented very well in this film.
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