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Chelovek s kino-apparatom
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12 May 1929 (USA) See more »
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Mikhail Kaufman ... The cameraman

Directed by
Dziga Vertov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dziga Vertov  scenario

Original Music by
Pierre Henry (1993)
Nigel Humberstone (1999) (as In the Nursery)
Konstantin Listov 
Michael Nyman (2002)
Cinematography by
Mikhail Kaufman 
Gleb Troyanski (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Dziga Vertov 
Editorial Department
Elizaveta Svilova .... assistant editor
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Also Known As:
"Chelovek s kino-apparatom" - Soviet Union (original title)
"Living Russia, or The Man with a Camera" - USA
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68 min
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.See more »
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Referenced in Woman with an Editing Bench (2016)See more »


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46 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
An Interesting, Unusual Experiment That Has Held Up Very Well, 8 July 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

When "Man With a Movie Camera" had just been made, it must have been one of the most distinctive movies of its time, and it is at least as interesting now. In itself, it was a highly successful experiment: the variety of creative camera techniques and the fast-paced progression of images create an effective portrait of the city of Moscow as a typical day goes by. Now, several decades later, it remains distinctive in its style and content, and is even more interesting in that it also allows us a glimpse of daily life in an unfamiliar place and time.

Starting with a look around the city in the morning before things start to happen, it then moves through the day, often coming back to the same site or individual at different times. The incidents shown range from routine daily activities to recreation to emergencies, with everything in between. The sense of realism is such that, despite the rather short clips of specific individuals, you can sometimes feel almost a part of what the persons on-screen are experiencing. At other times, it's just intriguing to have this kind of look at a different era.

The thorough-going experimentation, especially with the unusual camera methods, could easily have led to an unwatchable mess if not done with care. Even experienced film-makers, especially at the present time, too often over-indulge in such techniques to the point where the substance of their films becomes secondary to mere artifice. But here, Dziga Vertov achieved a skillful fit between technique and material, creating a film that has held up very well over the years.

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