An ode to the power of the moving images. A true testament for the observant minds and eyes out there. A joy to behold an experiment that uses the means of visual storytelling without losing its edge. A film maybe even more relevant today than on the day it was born as 'Man with a Movie Camera' is being subbed for a 'Kid with a Smartphone' as the beauty of life and people keeps surrounding us. Watch it/re-watch it!
An experimental documentary accompanied by music from The Cinematic Orchestra (my soundtrack of choice). What is amazing is how these shots are captured, a camera watching a camera and there was no handy cam back in those days. The image of the eye through the camera is iconic, it says everything about cinema with that one still alone. How the shots were captured isn't just important but the emotion behind them.
By abstracting the idea of movie to its bare essentials, this man with a movie camera lays out the symbiosis between life and film itself, a reinvigoration of expression with tremendous potential for making fireworks of one's deep spiritual rumblings. Dare I say, cinema is given glorious birth!
76/100 ( Böylesi kısa 70 dk bile sürmeyen bir filmin ilk 30 dakikasında ön yargımı kazanmasına rağmen hatta puanım 50'nin altındayken bir anda ne oldu anlamadım. Filmden çok etkilendim. Ancak yine de son bir dokunuş eksik ve kameranın yürümesi biraz saçma geldi. Filme puanım 77 yani favori listeme tam sınırdan giriyor ama 76 verip favori listemin dışına da atasım var. Kararsızım...)
Although this film is not unique or revolutionary in itself, it’s certainly an triumphant coalescence of early technique: striking, experimental, occasionally thrilling but ultimately formless and rather arbitrary. As an encyclopaedia of technique it’s superb; as a coherent whole less so.
CINEMA, 35 mm _ A worthy rewatch, because my recollection of the film (i first saw it 9 years ago on a PC) was only focused on the experimental side of it, in particular the editing and the the effects of over impression. Now that i have seen Ruttmanns "Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grossstadt" and Vigos "À propos de Nice" plus a few others from Vertov i have a different and fresh new eye to appreciate this masterpiece.
cine kino. vertov in the twenties was doing which gave birth to the ideas of the 'observational'. The crafty eXcellence one one side, he is raising questions about what cinema really is. Going beyond 'acting, theater,' and so on, long before those discussions had started. and a relfeXive piece just 30 years into cinema, makes very interesting comments on the form. brilliance, a genius of a film. thank you mr. vertov.
It’s of its time but also timeless. A film that changed the thinking about filming and cinema and which continues to ripple with possibilities when viewed today. One of the finest, most influential pieces of film art ever created. Fascinating that its director of photography Boris Kaufman would later work on films as diverse as Vigo’s L’Atalante and Kazan’s On the Waterfront.
Un film magistral, impressionnant, euphorisant. Un documentaire d'une incroyable force où il est question de vie et de mort, de sensualité, des hommes et des femmes, de la frénésie du rythme de notre vie sur terre, de la société du spectacle, de la manière de faire un film remarquable. Peut être bien LE film.