The Man with a Movie Camera

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1998
  • UPC: 014381458923
  • Original Release: 1929
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 1:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,687

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Dziga Vertov Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Mikhail Kaufman Cinematographer
Elizaveta Svilova Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Opening Credits [2:48]
2. The Beginning [6:25]
3. Work Day Begins [9:02]
4. Open For Business [5:08]
5. Still Life, In Motion [8:26]
6. Emergency [6:46]
7. Power: Coal, Steel, Silk and Water [5:35]
8. Work Day Ends. Playtime Begins [8:04]
9. Exercise [3:42]
10. Special Effects [5:46]
11. The Pace Increases [6:07]
12. Ending Credits [:12]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Special Features
      Commentary: On
      Commentary: Off
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