This landmark of the Soviet avant-garde and the silent era of film is a dizzying, mystifying documentary portrait of a day in the life of the Soviet Union as a cameraman travels across Odessa, Kiev, and Moscow.
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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.
Enters the ranks of the best films I've seen. Of the numerous soundtracks, the one composed by the Alloy Orchestra is the most remarkable, whipping up the tempo to another level, making the film even more exhilarating and, at times, even humorous.
Vertov's portrayal of the cameraman himself, boldly marching towards new sights to capture, puts him somewhere between an activist and an explorer of endless possibilities.