A early testament to the power and potential of the film camera and its operator's ability in capturing life and refitting it to establish its own frame of mind and, better still, its own essence of being.
The editing and camerawork blows my mind away. From stop motion to timelapse photography, from the fast and rhythmic montage to filmed sequences with complex production logistics. The train scene is unforgettable and the shrimp one is very intriguing. What really makes me think is the editing per se and the notion of truth ("pravda") with constant editing - that is, of course, the difficulty of defining documentary.
Fit to be sung about from mountaintops! One of the most watchable yet radical experimental films that seems in its brief compass to encompass all of film & all of film theory. Whether you think of it as illusion extraordinaire in its editing rhythm or modernist demystification of film or lyrical celebration of the life of a city or investigation of the possibilities of film space its a triumph in every which way!
Vertov turns the pages of film history at an hallucinating rhythm. Confronting the viewer with this unusual experience, there is a poetic rediscovery of reality.
What an amazing Turkish movie with brilliant montage techniques. Kudos to his wife Yeizaveta Svilova. Greetings from Çorum.
Not only does this "documentary" give birth to film theory...it does so without words.
I think this is one of those films that is more important than it is entertaining, but still has some very interesting stuff. I wish I was a bit more engaged than I was but definitely worth seeing. The camerawork in this film is absolutely spectacular and thats the real reason to see it. However it's very detached which is why I think I wasn't 100% engaged.
Not one of the Top Ten films of all-time, in my opinion, yet a GREAT unmissable silent picture. Making a smart use of film-editing and random pieces of Russian everyday life, Vertov (unconsciously?) foresaw the main route of a century. I have never seen a collection of beautiful documentary shots bringing to a result so cohesive, clever and stupendous.
Perhaps cinema's first example of turning the camera back onto itself. This self reflective silent gem examines the power of the image at a time when the full capabilities of this new form of expression were still untapped. Even by modern standards some of the images and camera tricks used by Vertov here are staggering. Far ahead of its time in both inspiration and realization.
The whole film can be seen by following this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZkvjWIEcoU