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Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera)

Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera) (1929)

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Soviet director Dziga Vertov's experimental film grew out of his belief, shared by his editor, Elizaveta Svilova (who was also his wife), and his cinematographer, Mikhail Kaufman (also his brother), that the true goal of cinema should be to present life as it is lived. To that end, the filmmakers offer a day-in-the-life portrait of a city from dawn until dusk, though they actually shot their footage in several cities, including Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. After an opening statement, there are no

May 13, 2003

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

A truly radical and liberating work.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It becomes quite tedious and the hour that it lasts seems at least an hour and a half.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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The film remains a fascinating souvenir, though its flourishes are now fairly familiar.

December 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film's energy is a key aspect of its optimism, a dawn to dusk challenge to show us a day in the life of a Soviet urban dweller

January 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinemania

One of the towering masterpieces of Soviet cinema. As much of a joy it is to watch, it is sad to think that the director was effectively silenced as soon as Stalin made "Socialist Realism" mandatory.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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An odd curio that remains quaint.

May 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Announced to be an experiment in creating a "truly international language of cinema" it is an early example of self referential filmmaking

November 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's one of the most amazing, beautiful, complicated and ground-breaking films ever made, and yet it doesn't seem to have ever earned the respect it deserves.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Man with a Movie Camera is like a wordless anthem for all cinephiles, directly targeting that je ne sais quoi that makes cinema so powerful.

September 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

It's a startlingly avant-garde cross-examination of modern life, as well as a lesson in the power of filmmaking and an autopsy of its methods.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This belongs on the essential list

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Anyone interested in cinema must see this.

January 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

The most exhilarating mind trip you can have without taking drugs.

December 17, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

This is cameraman as documenter, magician and stuntman rolled into one.

December 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

At less than an hour, the film is a whirling delight, a kinetic overload of motion, elation, and unrestrained optimism.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nashville Scene
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Audience Reviews for Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera)

This experimental documentary is a plotless record of life in the Soviet Union, mainly important as a then avant-garde catalog of camera tricks and editing experiments (many of which were pioneered in this film but are commonplace or obsolete now). Most non-film students will find this boring and want to stay far, far away, but it has its visually impressive moments, the issues it raises are rich, and it's too important in the history of cinema to give a poor rating.
May 14, 2012
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A powerful film, showing the day, of a few, urban citys of Soviet Union. Present all the contrast of the happenings, and showing too how the born of a day have a similarity with an awaken of the woman in the screen and how start the movement in the towns. Man with a Movie Camera, is a amazing experience about the language of the cinema and with the help of the editing and others tricks on cinema tell storys. And in this way that, Vertov, without story or professionals actors, just the direction, photography and music, show the magic happen. Fresh.
September 18, 2011
Lucas Martins

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A beautiful, brilliant film of life. I highly recommend seeing this movie. It's a classic.
October 24, 2010
ajv2688

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Call me crazy, but I see nothing in this besides Communist propaganda and goofy special effects. I'm being gracious giving it as high a rating as I did, which is only out of respect to the fan base it has and the impact it's had on so many. I feel like it is an overly ambitious and hokey type of movie, the shot of the cameraman in the beer glass is just ridiculous. I do find the Communist labor hilarious and the multiple assurances of equality, but in no way do I see it as a landmark in film history.
September 8, 2010
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