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Man with a Movie Camera (and other works by Dziga Vertov) (1929) [Masters of Cinema] Limited Edition 4-Disc Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)

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  • Directors: Dziga Vertov
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Language: Russian
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2016
  • Run Time: 298 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01BF2YMXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,396 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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''The greatest documentary ever made'' - Sight & Sound

SYNOPSIS:

Voted one of the ten best films ever made in the Sight & Sound 2012 poll, and the best documentary ever in a subsequent poll in 2014, Man With A Movie Camera (Chelovek s kinoapparatom) stands as one of cinema's most essential documents - a dazzling exploration of the possibilities of image-making as related to the everyday world around us.

The culmination of a decade of experiments to render ''the chaos of visual phenomena filling the universe'', Dziga Vertov's masterwork uses a staggering array of cinematic devices to capture the city at work and at play, as well as the machines that power it.

Presented in a definitive new restoration from EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam and Lobster Films, the film is also presented with other works by Vertov, both before and after his masterpiece - Kino-Eye (1924), Kino-Pravda #21 (1925), Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass (1931) and Three Songs About Lenin (1934) - in this limited-edition 4-Disc Dual-Format edition.

SPECIAL FEATURES including:

  • Limited-edition 4-Disc Dual-Format
  • New high-definition restored transfers of all five films
  • Uncompressed PCM audio on all films
  • Scores by The Alloy Orchestra for Man With A Movie Camera and Robert Israel for Kino-Eye
  • New audio commentary on Man With A Movie Camera by film scholar Adrian Martin
  • The Life and Times of Dziga Vertov, an exclusive, lengthy video interview with film scholar Ian Christie on Vertov's career and the films in this set
  • 100-page limited edition book featuring the words of Dziga Vertov, archival imagery and more!

REVIEWS:

''Dziga Vertov's 1929 experimental Soviet propaganda picture is breathtaking in its formal ingenuity.'' - Independent

''...Soviet cinema's avant-garde in its last and most brilliant phase'' - Philip Kemp

''Dziga Vertov's experimental documentary essay remains fascinating after all these years'' - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

''Cinema in its purest form; movement, sensation, action and visual trickery'' - Time Out

''This is an exuberant manifesto that celebrates the infinite possibilities of what cinema can be'' - Jonathan Romney, Observer

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"An experiment in the creative communication of visible events without the aid of inter-titles, a scenario or theatre "aiming at creating a truly international absolute language of cinema," is how the inter-titles describe what is about to be seen. Bold claims indeed, but in its awesome sophistication The Man with a Movie Camera does live up to them, making it one of the most contemporary of silent movies. The subject, the life of a city from dawn to dusk, was not original even for 1928, but its treatment was--the cameraman as voyeur, social commentator and prankster, exploiting every trick permissible with the technology of the day (slow motion, dissolves, split screens, freeze frames, stop motion animation, etc). A young woman stirs in her bed, apparently fighting a nightmare in which a cameraman is about to be crushed by an oncoming train. She wakes up, and the sequence is revealed to be a simple trick shot. As she blinks her weary eyes, the shutters of her window mimic her viewpoint, and the iris of the camera spins open. Self-reflexive wit like this abounds here--there's even a delicious counterpoint made between the splicing of film and the painting of a woman's nails.

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 the DVD edition.


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