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! —IMDb
The theories and experimental films of Dziga Vertov revolutionized documentary cinema and continue to influence filmmakers ranging from Godard to Stan Brakhage to Chris Marker. He was born Denis Arkadievitch Kaufman in Bialystok, Poland (which at the time was part of Czarist Russia), the son of a librarian. His brothers, Mikhail Kaufman and Boris Kaufman, both became noted cinematographers. Vertov began writing poetry at age ten and at 16 was attending the Bialystok Music Conservatory where he studied violin and piano. A resident of Russia since 1915, Vertov studied neurology in St. Petersburg in 1917. While there, he began researching human perception with sound and created a Laboratory of Hearing in which he made montages of natural sounds and then tried to re-create them by grouping them in phonetic units. He took his pseudonym (loosely translated as “spinning top” or literally “top turning”) at this time.
Following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, Vertov was invited to become… read more
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III. “And this is the liberating discovery… the man-made alone can be made, whereas whatever else the environment has to show
Vertov, Dziga: Kiev I sent. 28g. celovek s kinoapparatom Storyboard Kiev 1 Sept[ember] 28 Gun apparatus directs its muzzle towards the
“Nor is there any ‘figurative’ and ‘nonfigurative’ art… A person, an object, a circle are all ‘figures
Some of the first movie posters that I ever took seriously, or seriously loved, were Soviet posters of the 1920s. Instantly arresting, intensely
Je dois avouer que je partais assez perplexe face au concept du ciné-oeil, ne sachant pas trop à quoi m’attendre. Au final, j’en ressors séduit. La caméra est le véritable acteur du film et j’ai énormément… read review
This film is a tour de force of cinema. I had the great fortune of seeing this in a theater which had a print of the film, and a live orchestra played in sync with the picture. It is editorially brilliant… read review
The Man With the Movie Camera- (USSR, Vertov, 1929) 17 stars
Facinating celebration of modernity and motion and the urban clockwork world of rational order of machine and men and the underlying… read review