Man With a Movie Camera


Man With a Movie Camera

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More widely known as Man With a Movie Camera, this radical (for it's time), freewheeling Russian documentary depicts the city of Moscow from sunrise to sunset. The still-innovative (or frustrating, depending on your tastes) silent was both praised and reviled upon its initial release.


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Critic Reviews for Man With a Movie Camera

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  • Fascinating enough as a social document, but genuinely thrilling in how its multifarious technical trickery whips up an ecstatically cinematic delirium.

    Jul 31, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Dziga Vertov's experimental documentary essay remains fascinating after all these years, as potent as an exposed fragment of sodium.

    Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Cinema in its purest form: movement, sensation, action and visual trickery.

    Jul 27, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A truly radical and liberating work.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Peter Watts

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

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film remains a fascinating souvenir, though its flourishes are now fairly familiar.

    Dec 24, 2005 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 05, 2019
    Not only Vertov's Kino-Eye and his revolutionary cinematic experiment were far ahead of their time in terms of formal innovation (introducing all sorts of techniques, such as multiple exposure, jump cuts and stop motion) but also made history as a reflexive, avant-garde societal record.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2016
    While it is a Soviet propaganda film, Man With a Movie Camera achieved the impossible in one of the harshest conditions ever to produce an avant garde silent film about the lives of people living in Moscow (though shot at various locations). You can see the stark contrast of the dirty streets with the elegantly dressed people (bourgeoisie?), but Vertov did this in a way that hides a lot of the unpleasant things. The goal of the film was to create something that tells the "truth" but it really was a piece of work to encourage the productivity of the workers, though I highly doubt much improvement was procured after viewing this film. Nonetheless, it deserves a watch for its impressive camera works.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2013
    Ahead of it's time 100 years ago.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2013
    Three and a half: not because I particularly enjoyed it, but because the techniques used here are miles and miles (read years and years) ahead of its time. Seems hugely influential, but I don't see that there is any real narrative/ulterior meaning, and that doesn't sit particularly well with me.
    Jeff L Super Reviewer

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