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Groundbreaking in its exploration of the medium, Man with a Movie Camera is proof that cinema in and of itself can be a source of grand entertainment and sociological value. Read critic reviews
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Feb 05, 2019Not 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, 2016While 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.
Jul 05, 2013Ahead of it's time 100 years ago.
Apr 18, 2013Three 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.