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

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

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Classics, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dziga Vertov, Dziga Vertov Group
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On DVD: May 13, 2003
Runtime:
Amkino Corporation

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

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

A truly radical and liberating work.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It becomes quite tedious and the hour that it lasts seems at least an hour and a half.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The film remains a fascinating souvenir, though its flourishes are now fairly familiar.

Full Review… | December 24, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's a valuable record of Soviet city life at the end of the 1920s, and it explodes with visual ideas.

Full Review… | June 17, 2015
The Dissolve

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

Full Review… | January 24, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera)

Part documentary, cinema verite, and Avant-Gard art film, "Man with a Movie Camera" shows the everyday life of the 1920s Soviet Union. The disparity is evident, as the cameraman moves between the dissident streets of merchants and the poverty stricken, and elegant bourgeoisie riding in motor cars, their hats fluttering in the wind. Vertov melds together the documentary feel of a single day in his home country with the interconnecting narrative of the filmmaker, the audience, and the surreal. The surreal is constructed from film splicing that resembles special effects that would be recreated in many other art films of that decade. The film itself stands as an amazing historical record of the beauty, the poverty, this new nature of filmmaking, and the astonishing strangeness of the world at this time. Essential watching for those who love the craft of filmmaking, or love historical records of that time.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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