DVD Man With a Movie Camera [DVD] [1997] [Region 2] (DVD 6272118),
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Man With a Movie Camera [DVD] [1997] [Region 2]

  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 2 Europe+ (info)
  • Not merely a cinematic portrait of a day in the life of a city, cinema pioneer Dziga Vertov's MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is an experimental manifesto of vision. Controversial when it was created in 1929, the film still pulses with the unruly energy and innovation of Vertov's genius. Subverting and criticizing the conventions of capitalist fiction filmmaking that he so despised, Vertov and his revolutionary Kino-Eye crew (including his wife as editor and his brother as cameraman--both of whom appear in the film) created a plethora of filmic devices in order to comment on vision, life, Marxism, and modernity. Differing film speeds, superimposition, evocative and manipulative editing, and rhythmic graphic composition all blend seamlessly in a magic show of life above and below the city. Shooting shops, traffic, children, coal miners, workers, human bodies, and nature, Vertov creates visual rhymes and graphic portraits of the structure of life and the explosion of perception. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA took part in the city symphony genre that was popular at the time (BERLIN: SYMPHONIE OF A GREAT CITY is another example) but transcended it in its critical distance, sheer innovation, and sublimely fluid vision of man, machine, and society.
  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (8/03, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A sweet, sad, soulful something..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Their most ambitious compositions to date....There's no denying the sure-footedness of the playing and arranging here..."
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