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Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
"Chelovek s kino-apparatom" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  12 May 1929 (USA)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.

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This playful film is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film. Even the editing of the film is documented. We often see the cameraman who is purportedly making the film, but we rarely, if ever, see any of the footage he seems to be in the act of shooting! Written by George S. Davis

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The British electronic/jazz outfit "The Cinematic Orchestra" created a soundtrack for this movie, released in 2003 as the "Man With a Movie Camera" album and played live at film festivals over the world. See more »

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At the beginning there is a long explanation of what this film is about and that it is of experimental origin. See more »

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Another superb Soviet silent
5 February 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Need more proof that the Russian Revolution actually did some good? Just watch Dziga Vertov's amazing experimental film and appreciate the creative energies that October 1917 unleashed. A clear (and superior) forerunner of films like Koyaanisqatsi, The Man With the Movie Camera will tease and provoke your eyes until it's quick cut ending will leave you gasping for more.


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