Man with a movie camera

DVD - 2003 - No linguistic content
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Man with a movie camera
Dziga Vertov's Man with a movie camera is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. This dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive.

Published: New York : Kino International, c2003.
Branch Call Number: DVD F MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (68 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Writer/Director Dziga Vertov’s dazzling cinematic celebration takes us on a breakneck tour of a day in the life of a cosmopolitan Russian city (actually an amalgamation of Kiev, Moscow, and Odessa). Kneeling in front of approaching trains, perching vicariously on the door of a speeding car, or hanging from the edge of a skyscraper, he presents us with a crazy visual montage of ordinary citizens going about their business as the city sprawls organically around them, its spinning wheels and chuffing pistons ensuring that all runs smoothly. Making expert use of every camera trick in the book from split screens and superimposition to stop-motion animation, Vertov’s rapid fire editing technique coupled with a kinetic musical score by contemporary composer Michael Nyman (The Piano) almost overwhelms the senses as we weave in and out of traffic, descend down mine shafts, and flit in and out of beauty parlours and factories. Here a child is born, there an open casket is paraded towards the churchyard, and everywhere people smile, mug, or hide from the ubiquitous lens—including the director himself who often films himself filming others as if to remind us that we are witnessing the creative process firsthand. By examining man’s interrelationship with the natural and manufactured world, one could almost see Dziga’s vision as an upbeat precursor to Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi. Astonishing!

Feb 24, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

dizzying array of camera tricks and locations. swept along in a day in the life of a Soviet city, which actually took 3 years to put together. made in 1929 but has a very fast paced modern feel.

Feb 10, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Can a silent-era film containing no actors, no plotline, and no narration-cards actually hold the rapt attention of a jaded viewer, like myself, for more than just a few minutes?_____ As hard as it is to believe (after watching 1929's "Man With A Movie Camera"), I'm convinced that it can. This has got to be one of the most interesting films of the silent-era that I have ever seen._____ Filmed in Russia (mainly within the city of Moscow) and directed by Dziga Vertov (also a Russian), I found it quite surprising how startlingly modern this film appeared to be._____ Utilizing a groundbreaking style of rapid-fire editing and incorporating other cinematic techniques such as split-screen, slow motion, and freeze-frame, the final effect of this experimental film was, at times, nothing short of mesmerizing._____ In this dusk-till-dawn view if urban, Russian life (as the wheels of progress relentlessly turn round and round), the viewer gets a rare, front-row seat to take a glimpse at the city and its people at work, rest, and play.


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Feb 09, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: This film shows women's bare breasts, a bloodied man seriously injured in a street accident, and the depiction of birth,


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