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Man with a Movie Camera(Человек с киноаппаратом)

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Soviet Union · 1929
1h 8m
Director Dziga Vertov
Starring Mikhail Kaufman
Genre Documentary

In this silent Soviet documentary, a man wanders around Moscow, Kharkov, Kiev, and Odessa with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling innovation. A towering achievement in experimental cinema.

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Teddy Pierce Profile picture for Teddy Pierce

Like the description says, "few films better enable a viewer to feel the massive power of editing than this towering achievement in cinema." I would add that this film is perhaps the most essential of all the Soviet Montage films.

What are critics saying?


The New York Times by

It is a disjointed array of scenes in which the producer, Dziga Vertoff, does not take into consideration the fact that the human eye fixes for a certain space of time that which holds the attention.


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

The film would be exciting to watch even completely silent, both because it’s a valuable record of Soviet city life at the end of the 1920s, and because it explodes with visual ideas.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The combustion engine gave humanity the new experience of speed; now the movie camera gave us a dizzying new speed of perception and creation.

100 by Roger Ebert

It was about the act of seeing, being seen, preparing to see, processing what had been seen, and finally seeing it. It made explicit and poetic the astonishing gift the cinema made possible, of arranging what we see, ordering it, imposing a rhythm and language on it, and transcending it.


The Irish Times by Tara Brady

No other film – not even by Georges Méliès at his most fantastic – trumpets early cinema's status as a magical science and scientific magic, quite so loudly or melodically.


Time Out by Tom Huddleston

Vertov’s experimental essay proclaims its ‘complete separation from the language of theatre and literature’ in the opening titles. What follows is cinema in its purest form: movement, sensation, action and visual trickery.

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