Cinematic Orchestra: Man With A Movie Camera [DVD]
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In 1929, Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov made the groundbreaking Man With a Movie Camera documentary--a visual essay on life between the two world wars. Touching on poverty, sport and employment in Russia in the 1920s, Man With a Movie Camera was a masterpiece of silent filmmaking.
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
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I have all their other releases in my collection and they have a wide range of musical interests and styles. The magnificent tracks on their last studio album 'Every Day' all have that magic touch where the room gets filled with their laidback but powerfull sound. The concert where they played along with the movie 'Man With A Movie Camera' projected behind them on a big screen was pure magic... All members of the band are gifted with the skill to play nothing more than the essential notes that are necessary to give the images the right sound. And sometimes you are stunned by the fantastic combination of music and image. Yes, perfection, it's impossible to beat this. And I also want to say that the movie itself is so very pure... Check it out yourself, you will show this to your grandchildren !!! Believe me, this is state of the art. Respect.
Calling this version of MWAMC a "music video" for the Cinematic Orchestra is a bit unfair: they intentionally wrote the album as a score for the film. But it was definitely mellow compared to (what I hear is) the sometimes cacophonous and radical score by the Alloy Orchestra.
Overall the film is a fascinating look at Russian life. The director was far ahead of his time, and the work is dripping with creativity.
In short get this DVD and grovel at the feet of geniuses.
P.S I recommend a srround sound system very loud for full eye whopping effect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply using as a screen saver on my TV.. all day sometimes! I just love both artists!!Published 6 months ago by Emitla
This is one I had to have in my DVD collection. Love the band and love what they did with this (silent and very very old) movie.
Glad I bought it.
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
A well designed film by Dziga Vertov's that looks like a documentary than show the man and the city. Read morePublished on 26 April 2010 by bernie