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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What's referred to now as a "gamechanger". What the camera shows (and how the editing presents it), seems so fresh that it's incredible to think this was the first time many of these techniques were used. But more than a film school boxticker, it's a very moving, witty and successful account of A Day In The Life of the ordinary and the extraordinary. (The version scored by Cinematic Orchestra is highly recommended).
Such a wonderful thing that this alien genius piece of art was produced when cinema was still quite young. And, maybe, that makes sense. Because it celebrates all the potential the art form had at the time, making us watch both the work of a cameraman and be apreciative of his image seeking quest and the edited artfull result. It probably still is one of the most brilliantly edited movies of all times. Timeless?
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 getting to a result so cohesive, clever and stupendous.
One of the masterpieces of experimental cinema with some similarities to Walter Ruttmann's "Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt". Nyman's score surely has its strong moments; but it is also problematic because - although like Vertov montage using repetitions, loops and rhythmic shifts - it doesn't match the avantgardism of the incredible movie on the structural level.
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.
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.
One of the more unique experiences in film, Vertov (with a huge assist from his brother as the rather acrobatic cameraman) gives us a day in the life of Russia. For good measure, there's also a dancing crawfish. This is the rare film that seeks to turn convention upside down, and I'd say it manages that feat rather gleefully.