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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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2.0 out of 5 stars over-rated
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 using speeded-up film, an obvious influence on the much better and more recent Koyaanisqatsi and lots of other things. I had hoped and assumed the whole thing would be something like that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made in the USSR, 17 Jun 2013
This review is from: Man With A Movie Camera [1929] [DVD] (DVD)
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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2.0 out of 5 stars bad picture qualitye, 2 Feb 2013
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Great film, very bad transfer. Described elsewhere on the interwebs as having the "ugly look of a VHS copy". I have it on VHS and it looks better than this. It's about OK if you stand at the opposite end of the room and screw your eyes up. Going to try the Nyman-scored one, also from BFI.
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem, 30 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 when Michael Nyman and band were performing there. It was a unique combination of old silent docu-movie with Nyman's genius superimposed on it. A really special occasion. So it was with some trepidation that I bought the CD - you know what I am thinking - you hear something live and are blown away by it, so you buy the CD - and often it is a disappointment. The live original is always better, or nearly always. Man with a Movie Camera is one of those examples where the CD is better because you can saviour its uniqueness. The orignical camera work by Vertov gets better every time you watch it, and Nyman's musical genius does much more than just support the movie, it synergises it - pumps it up. The music both subtle and explosive, capturing that special Nyman sound experience. For anyone who loves Nyman and cinema, then this has to be a required addition to your CD collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Experimental...And That's the Problem, 29 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Man With A Movie Camera [1929] [DVD] (DVD)
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 three.
Vertov did say that Movie...has no scenario and is an experimental film but the chronicling of a day in the life of a city's citizenry needs a more linear approach to be truly affecting(he used five different cities by the way).
Rating down to two if you watch with the first audio setting which was starting to send me a little crazy.Must watch with the In The Nursury score which lends the images a more haunting and poetic feel.
If you want to see this day in the life done better,buy People On Sunday or better still Ruttmann's superb Berlin Symphony Of A City (only on Region 1)which is far superior.
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