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Man with a Movie Camera (1929) movie

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Man with a Movie Camera (Russian: Человек с киноаппаратом (Chelovek s kinoapparatom) is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film, with no story and no actors by Soviet-Russian director Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova.

Vertov’s feature film, produced by the film studio VUFKU, presents urban life in the Soviet cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow and Odessa. From dawn to dusk Soviet citizens are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life. To the extent that it can be said to have “characters,” they are the cameramen of the title, the film editor, and the modern Soviet Union they discover and present in the film.

This film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animations and self-reflexive visuals (at one point it features a split-screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles).

In the British Film Institute’s 2012 Sight & Sound poll, film critics voted Man with a Movie Camera the 8th best film ever made. In 2014 Sight & Sound also named it the best documentary of all time.

Man with a Movie Camera (1929) movie

Genres: Documentary, Silent film
Production Co: VUFKU

Director: Dziga Vertov
Writer: Dziga Vertov (scenario)
Cinematography by Mikhail Kaufman, Gleb Troyanski
Film Editing by Dziga Vertov
Assistant editor: Elizaveta Svilova

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This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. Samer Kateet

    Very Talented Very Cinematic thank youuuuu 😍😍👏👏

  2. Vlad Farcam

    the sound is remade completely right? this can not be the sound from 1929

  3. MRxROID

    Movie wasn't that bad, I give it a 9/10 cause of tits in the end

  4. Rob Simpson

    I've seen this wonderful film, dozens of times, in half of century of enjoying film, and this soundtrack is FAR from my favorite.

  5. Santito Felipe

    I'm just joining everyone else Praise and love this film footage of life in the 20's.
    This is crystal clear – Amazing – Yes I bet the film maker wld be proud of his work today.

  6. Gioni Begood

    good movie, I am just curious how they know in 1929 about fascism (minute 56:38) when hitler came to power in 1933 and in 1929 he was a nobody

  7. Dave K

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  8. juliansrum

    A band called Like a Motorcycle used nothing but clips from this movie for their video Dead Finger. Its worth checking out!

  9. daniel payne

    can some one find The Sound Track by ITN or In the Nursery that done one for this film please

  10. mbahlop

    WHy have you changed the original music?

  11. dogmadic

    Vertov was born Denis Kaufman, and worked under a name meaning "spinning top." The cinematography was by his brother, Mikhail Kaufmman. Another of his brothers, Boris Kaufman, immigrated to Hollywood and won an Oscar for filming "On the Waterfront."

  12. Anna Strings

    I love how this film is presented expressively although its context is realist.

  13. Anders Liljevall

    The positive side of Soviet culture. This,, I think is a masterpiece!

  14. David Rodabaugh

    Thanks for sharing. One thing I noticed was the shooting caller where there was a swastika. I find it interesting as this was in 29 (?) and the Nazis weren't told to us as being nothing at this point. It was only after the crash did they come to power. Wonderful movie!!

  15. Among Friends

    An amazing film! Surprised that Soviet censors let one this one by, there are quite a few unflattering peeks at people and conditions.

  16. M.I. Andersen

    Thank you! For showing this moving film that uses montage and all the basic film tricks in an extremely creative and engaging way. The film feels fresh and relevant and it is inspiring to see a film that lets the images speak without a lot of distracting talk
    The old Zeiss Tessar F:4,5/210mm from Krauss Paris does a wonderful job. and fun to see the arc lamp cinema projector in the start, and the optical soundtrack on the screen at the end (The Jazz singer premiered in 1927)
    Should be seen by anyone working professionally with film.

  17. Robert Zverina

    until watching this
    i didn’t realize
    koyaanisqatsi
    was a reboot

  18. Emerald Eyes

    Interesting film spoilt by ads. Especially the shouting maniacs trying to get more attention than the other shouting maniacs.

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