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Michael Nyman s MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
A film by Dziga Vertov
Man With a Movie Camera is an extraordinary piece of filmmaking, a montage of urban Russian life showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that keep the city going. It was Vertov's first full-length film, and he used all the cinematic techniques at his disposal - dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze-frames - to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant.
This special edition DVD features a unique soundtrack specially composed by Michael Nyman and performed by the Michael Nyman band.
Michael Nyman's music has reached its largest audience by way of his film scores. Nyman has been researching the period of extraordinary creativity which followed the Revolution and lasted throughout most of the 1920s. Key to this period was Dziga Vertov's extraordinary film Man With a Movie Camera which documents the full spectrum of 1929 Soviet urban life with dazzling inventiveness. It was Vertov's exuberant montage and energetic lyricism which inspired Nyman to create his extraordinary score.
USSR | 1929 | black and white | silent with music score | 68 minutes | DVD5 | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
The film was the brainchild of the Moscow-based film-maker Dziga Vertov (real name Denis Arkadyevich Kaufman), a furiously inventive poet of the cinema who made innumerable shorts about daily life (such as the much-quoted "Kino-Pravda"), and played at candid camerawork and cinema vérité long before they became the clichés of the television age. The editing has a fantastic abandon that makes most pop videos look sluggish. --David Thompson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Overrated supposed classic its really hard to watch, don't know what the critics see in this, turned it OFF after 20 minutesPublished 8 days ago by KMH
A sublime glimpse into the fascinatingly creative Russian constructivist movement via the early cine camera. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LeBrit
Great DVD. The film itself is fascinating, and having the option to play it with different soundtracks is great, can make a huge difference to how you view the film. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Helen
Admirable usage of camera tricks for its time and a useful vision of the past of people at work and leisurePublished 10 months ago by It Stinks
I've wanted to watch this for years, and finally have. On the good side, it only wasted an hour; and actually the last 5 or 10 minutes was good quite experimental stuff, mostly... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Nonn
Sometimes frenetic, occasionally lyrical and witty demonstration of all the tricks that can be pulled by a movie camera, made all the more special by time and place; shot almost as... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by Mario