Man with a Movie Camera (Chelovek s Kinoapparatom) (Silent)

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Man with a Movie Camera (Chelovek s Kinoapparatom) (Silent)

  • 1929 ----- b & w ----- 96 min ----- withdrawn -----
  • (Directed by Dziga Vertov, photographed by Mikhail Kaufman) In many ways this film is not only Vertov's masterpiece and final film of the silent era, it is a work which notably exemplifies the montage aesthetic of the Soviet avant-garde of the Twenties. Filmed in Moscow and Odessa, it belongs to the "city symphony" genre presenting the city in purely Marxist terms. Yet it is also an investigation of the filmmaking process itself. It seeks to reveal cinematic illusions to the spectator and utilizes all the extravagant visual devices of the Twenties avant-garde: superimposition, split-screen effect, slow and accelerated motion, as well as freeze-frame.---Museum of Modern Art Film Library. (NOTE: Film should be projected at silent speed, ie. 18 frames/second.)
  • Topics: (Motion Pictures: Features, Motion Pictures: History, Soviet Union)