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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, beautiful and yes, seminal....
I first saw this on the big-screen and it stands up as one of the few films I could have watched again immediately. For an experimental film from 1920's Russia (an experimental and exciting time for the arts all round in the early years of the Soviet state) it's stood the test of time remarkably well. Yes it's 'arty', yes, it could be accused of self-indulgence, but it...
Published on 25 Oct. 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Experimental...And That's the Problem
Simply Vertov's "silent masterpiece"on russian life is not all it's cracked up to be.Certainly there are some startling(a birth) and beautiful(the expansive streets in the quiet of the morning)images but it is the "innovative"techniques that were so ahead of it's time that begin to annoy- slow motion,split screen,multiple images one on top of the other to name but...
Published on 29 Jan. 2009 by Mark Pearce


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, beautiful and yes, seminal...., 25 Oct. 2000
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I first saw this on the big-screen and it stands up as one of the few films I could have watched again immediately. For an experimental film from 1920's Russia (an experimental and exciting time for the arts all round in the early years of the Soviet state) it's stood the test of time remarkably well. Yes it's 'arty', yes, it could be accused of self-indulgence, but it works! It has trick shots, odd camera-angles, multiple images and serves as a fascinating insight into a day in the life of a Soviet city. The the man with the movie camera himself makes regular intrusions into frame.
And the new soundtrack by In the Nursery works well too - it's not exactly cutting-edge, but its pleasant, electronic soundwashes sit well with the film and never try to overpower it. It's been criticised somewhat unfairly, but after all,Dziga was using the most up-to-the-minute technology he could get, so I'm sure he wouldn't mind.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive DVD, 17 Oct. 2003
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This has got to be the definitive DVD version of Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera.
The choice of two scores plus a separate commentary track makes this package even more appealing. Most notable score is by In The Nursery who manage to produce a musical blendof the symphonic with the modern, the ambient with the danceable and the acoustic with the synthetic.
Watching Vertov's masterpiece with In The Nursery's specially commissioned score makes each and every viewing a new voyage of discovery. A highly recommended purchase indeed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple must on film history, 8 Oct. 2006
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Mattia Varriale "MedioMan" (Vienna, Austria) - See all my reviews
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Dziga Vertov, 1929, definitely not the kind of movie to watch on a saturday night with friends.
But a must see for those interested in the history of film. As this "movie" was produced - 77 years ago -, the concept of film was completely different to what it is now. This shows how a man, without the filmic knowledge of a present-day director, manages to make breath-taking scenes never shot before.
Dziga Vertov, can probably be seen as one of the inventors of the first long running movies.
A must see, and an historical masterpiece!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking techniques and content, 6 July 2013
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Luc REYNAERT (Beernem, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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Like C. Th. Dreyer's `La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc' (1928), Dziga Vertov's silent movie (1929) had a major impact on cinematographic techniques. While C. Th. Dreyer's movie excels through its camera movements and focal changes of lenses, D. Vertov's film shines through its shooting angles and, most importantly, through its editing with one image shots, split screens and a beautifully flowing movement throughout the whole film, based on inside screen motions, the transitions and the links between the scenes and a splendid timing.
If its techniques didn't influence directly major filmmakers, D. Vertov was at least their predecessor. One thinks immediately of Alain Resnais and Leni Riefenstahl.
Dziga Vertov was perhaps himself inspired by Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

Regarding the content, Dziga Vertov's movie is also groundbreaking. It is not only a movie in a movie, for there is a third level: D. Vertov adds the projection of his own movie in his movie! It is also the first movie which records the birth of a human being.
Moreover, D. Vertov edited his shots with juxtapositions, like wedding/divorce scenes or the change of left/right directions inside the screen.

Michael Nyman's music underlines admirably the image flow in this astonishing movie.
This eternal masterpiece of world cinema is a must see for all movie buffs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Living Russia," or "The Man with a Camera", 15 Feb. 2009
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Man With the Movie Camera [DVD] [2029] [US Import] (DVD)
A well designed film by Dziga Vertov's that looks like a documentary than show the man and the city. We are constantly looking at fictional city where it is compared to the man with a camera. This film shot in black and white in 1929 is often compared to "Berlin: symphony of a great city" however this film is much more.

The real interest in the movie is how it is cut, and the choices of what to film. Every time you turn around you will see something not of other documentaries. What is real and what is film reality?

The voice over is just as good if not better than the original film as it describes how the film was made.

An added plus is just looking at the ancient technology. And then again how they are ahead of us in electric transportation.

This film requires several viewings.

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem, 24 Jan. 2010
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David Fairweather (Gloucestershire, England.) - See all my reviews
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I first heard this piece live in Bristol at a Michael Nyman concert, and was blown away with it. I bought the DVD expecting it to be a poor relation to the live performance. But nothing could be furthet from the truth. I don't know exactly what it is that makes it special, but I think it is a unique combination of music and the original movie. Every time I watch it the images and music create a wonderfully special atmosphere. Ok, being a Nyman fan I am biased, but of all the Nyman music I have heard this is in my top 5 favorite works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sound Track doubtful, 7 July 2012
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Graham Harris "GraemedeT" (Wales ,UK) - See all my reviews
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This is one of those many old films that film buffs tend to read about. It had a sort of uninspiring title but it is well worth watching. Vertov ( not his real name. That was Kaufmann) and his brother certainly made a fascinating portrait of a Russian town in 24 hours- although it was actually filmed in three towns over the period -. The editing is superb and any one interested in this side of film making should watch this film and take notes. The only bugbear I found with this copy is the soundtrack which is so repitative that one tends to get slightly bored. It is, of course, a modern insertion. A pity really. It would have been better to have kept the original- whilst not so inspiring, perhaps- if only to maintain the film makers' ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Constructivism producing 'Art' as by product, 9 April 2015
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A sublime glimpse into the fascinatingly creative Russian constructivist movement via the early cine camera. It sort of makes most of the films produced in the supposedly advanced west look a little intimidated and rather anal by comparison. It is experimental and humorous and rather empathetic to the human condition without a trace of the usual sentimentality ascribed to western attempts. If you believe you can take photographs or handle a cine (video) camera take a look and find out most likely, you probably can't (certain exceptions excluded).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man with a movie camera, 17 Sept. 2010
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Mrs. R. Jones "MEDICINEMEG" (LONDON UK) - See all my reviews
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Fascinating - shows live street scenes which are now a historical record plus the ingenuity of the camera work and editing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made in the USSR, 17 Jun. 2013
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 if to get everything 'in' before the liberation gave way to years of censorship and panning shots across wind-blasted steppes. Fast and furious, shocking and surprising, and very enjoyable.
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