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Man with a Movie Camera
     

The Man with a Movie Camera

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Director: Dziga Vertov

Cast: Dziga Vertov

 

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Dziga Vertov's classic silent film Man With a Movie Camera comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The Italian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. This release features an original score composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra and based on

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Dziga Vertov's classic silent film Man With a Movie Camera comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The Italian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. This release features an original score composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra and based on musical instructions written by Vertov. There is also a commentary by Yuri Tsivian, a professor at the University of Chicago who specializes in Russian silent film. Anyone with an interest in the lost art form of silent filmmaking should find this title worthwhile.Soviet director Dziga Vertov's experimental film grew out of his belief, shared by his editor, Elizaveta Svilova (who was also his wife), and his cinematographer, Mikhail Kaufman (also his brother), that the true goal of cinema should be to present life as it is lived. To that end, the filmmakers offer a day-in-the-life portrait of a city from dawn until dusk, though they actually shot their footage in several cities, including Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. After an opening statement, there are no words in the film (neither voice-over nor titles), just dazzling imagery, kinetically edited - as a celebration of the modern city with a marked emphasis on its buildings and machinery. The Image Entertainment DVD edition of the film offers a musical score composed from notes left by the director, which adds greatly to the impact of the film.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
As a document of "pure" cinema that favors the visual over the aural, The Man With a Movie Camera is a tremendously exciting work that soars over its limitations as a product of the Soviet state system. Director Dziga Vertov's claim that narrative cinema was inadequate to present real life is certainly arguable. But the assertion that this film is an unmediated presentation of daily life is undercut by the film's optical tricks and, more importantly, by its stinting of any portrayal of poverty, crime, and other social ills -- not surprising given the heavy hand of the party censors. Nevertheless, The Man With a Movie Camera is so energetically conceived and executed, with dozens of memorable images flying by almost more quickly than you can absorb them, that it's easy to cast aside the political limitations imposed on the project and enjoy it as one of the great film odes to 20th century urban life. The Image Entertainment DVD edition of the film is highly recommended; it contains a musical score that seems to anticipate Philip Glass, as well as astute commentary by scholar Yuri Tsivian on an alternate audio track.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/1998
UPC:
0014381458923
Original Release:
1929
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:08:00

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Original score composed and performed by the Alloy Orchestra, based on musical instructions written by Dziga Vertov; Audio essay written by Yuri Tsivian

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