Man With a Movie Camera (Remastered by the BFI, New Score by Michael Nyman)
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 6, 2003
- Originally Released: 1929
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- New Score by Michael Nyman
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Dziga Vertov|
|Edited by||Elisaveta Svilova & Dziga Vertov|
|Screenwriting by||Dziga Vertov|
|Music Performer:||Alloy Orchestra|
|Director of Photography:||Mikhail Kaufman|
"...A film about the act of seeing....The music, a driving, hurrying rhythm that sometimes pauses to collect itself, is upbeat, and so is the film's spirit..."
"...Dziga Vertov's film-school staple is the benchmark for many of the movie thrills we take for granted..."
"[With] remarkably sophisticated examples -- montages, action shots, symbolic images -- of what cinema alone can do."
5 stasr out of 5 -- "[A] silent stunner."
Description by OLDIES.com:
After his work on The Commissar Vanishes, a multi-media art event of 1999, composer Michael Nyman (The Piano) continued researching the period of extraordinary creativity that followed the Russian Revolution. This artistic inquiry resulted in the celebrated score for Man With A Movie Camera, performed by The Michael Nyman Band on May 17, 2002 at London's Royal Festival Hall.
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. It was Vertov's first full-length film, and it employs all the cinematic techniques at the director's disposal -- dissolves, split-screens, slow-motion, and freeze-frames -- to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant.
- Mikhail Kaufman, the director of photography, was also Vertov's brother.
- A second episode of MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA was created by Kaufman without Vertov, as the brothers had a falling-out shortly after MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA's premiere and never worked together again.
- The film's editor, Elizaveta Svilova, was also Vertov's wife.
- Vertov, Kaufman, and Svilova formed the core of a group of experimental communist filmmakers who called themselves Kino-Eye, attempting to forge a new language of film that did not depend on capitaslist-dominated fictional conventions.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 35 ratings.