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There have been numerous soundtracks over the years that have attempted to provide Vertov's stunning images with the musical accompaniment they deserve, Michael Nyman minimalist take or Biosphere's electronica reading to name two. The Cinematic Orchestra have been using footage from the film for their live visuals and wrote a piece of the same name for their last album Every Day. They debuted their full soundtrack on the opening night of the Barbican's Only Connect season, augmenting their line up with a string section.
The Cinematic Orchestra, as their name would suggest, can work detail and development into their compositions that reflect the mood of the film. The addition of a string section compliments the bands music, moving away from the jazz funk of their live sets towards something more powerful. Often fusion between the music and images work so well, you forget that the film remained without this soundtrack for 70-odd years.
On the DVD: The Cinematic Orchestra extras include two live tracks, two videos ("All that you give" and "Man with a movie camera") plus a documentary entitled "From Reel To Reel". --Robert Smoughton
There's no need to review Vertov's masterpiece. But the soundtrack is another matter. The question has to be: what is it that the Cinematic Orchestra seeks to bring to the film? Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2010 by S. D. Nunn
I'm a big fan of The Cinematic Orchestra and have all theie albums. I finally picked up the DVD for The Man With A Movie Camera... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2006 by S. Morris
I'll level with you I haven't seen the DVD but I have seen The Cinematic Orchestra perform the soundtrack live at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and it was the most fantastic... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2003 by T Conneely