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  Man with a Movie Camera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Dziga Vertov's The Man with a Movie Camera is a compelling and delightful exploration of the life of a cameraman in the Soviet Union of the 1920s.
His inclusion of the elements of filmmaking in The Man with a Movie Camera is his attempt to place his passion and his occupation in a role supportive of the communist regime.
The camera cuts from the sleeping woman to the painting on the wall of an old man, positioned as if he too were watching her sleep.
www.nottingham.ac.uk /film/journal/filmrev/man-with-a-movie-camera.htm   (1452 words)

I argue that the very title of the film, The Man with a Movie Camera, is misleading: the film itself demonstrates that cinema is not about capturing truth but creating a mediated reality that is not least made in the generative processes of editing and viewing.
While The Man with a Movie Camera accords the business of film making a special place in society, that integration is made smooth and invisible by the very process of gendering the film's two protagonists, the cinematographer and the editor, according to entirely conventional social patterns.
The kino-eye is the principle underlying all of The Man with a Movie Camera, both by reference to Vertov's various manifestos in which he used the term to differentiate his cinematographic methods from conventional techniques and visually, as an image that fuses the recording glance of the camera with the eye of the spectator.
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 Film Review: Michael Nyman's Man With A Movie Camera
Man With A Movie Camera is a joyful celebration of all things Russian at the end of the 1920s.
It is clear from the outset that Vertov and his co-creator, cinematographer Mikhail Kaufman, who is the ubiquitous "man with camera", have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.
The constant prescence of the camera serves to remind us that we are the voyeurs here and, also, that although Vertov is keen to boast about his homeland, he is even more keen to make us see the potential which moving pictures have to offer.
www.iofilm.co.uk /fm/m/michael_nymans_man_with_a_movie_camera_1929.shtml   (566 words)

 Michael Nyman Band - Man with a Movie Camera
The first part covers Michael Nyman's music for the films of Peter Greenaway and the second part is a unique performance of his music for the 1929 film "Man with a Movie Camera".
"Man with a Movie Camera" is a film made by Dziga Vertov in the USSR in 1929.
The camera and cameraman are an integral part of the film showing the entire process of filming, from all sorts of angles and vantage points, on stationary tripods and from moving vehicles, and even shows the editing of the film itself.
www.mfiles.co.uk /reviews/michael-nyman-man-with-a-movie-camera.htm   (1269 words)

 Man With the Movie Camera DVD Review
Unlike many other movies focused on linear narratives Man with a Movie Camera is a movie truly dedicated to its medium.
Thence begins the visual tour we are taken through by "The Man with a Movie Camera" as he literally takes us along for the ride as he chronciles the better part of a day's usual goings-on in an agglomeration of Soviet cities.
Rather, we become "The Man with the Movie Camera" ourselves, as if we were the one running across a threshold, between street trams, or up a bridge---as we see the actual camerman do in this film---before we ourselves get to take in the view of the camera lens from such vantage points.
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 Neil Young's Film Lounge - Man With a Movie Camera
Man with a Movie Camera stands as a stinging indictment of almost every film made between its release in 1929 and the appearance of Godard’s Á Bout de Souffle 30 years later — and Vertov’s dazzling picture seems, today, arguably the fresher of the two.
Man with a Movie Camera is scarcely an hour long, but must surely contain more shots per minute than any other commercially released film — towards the end it reaches in intensity reminiscent of the most extreme dance-music videos.
Throughout the film we see the camera used to film many of the shots — which means, of course, that more than one camera, and more than one cameraman, were employed.
www.jigsawlounge.co.uk /film/mancamera.html   (638 words)

 "Man With Movie Camera" 1918
"Man With a Movie Camera" was an effort to show the breadth and precision of the camera's recording ability, and similar films were produced in a few other European countries.
Vertov's brother, Mikhail Kaufman, is the cameraman, and at times another movie camera follows "Man With a Movie Camera" on the street and in other places.
He filmed "Man with a Movie Camera" using a candid camera, filming undercover or from a distance, using split screens, dissolves, superimposition, slow motion, crude animation and freeze frames.
www.silentsaregolden.com /DeBartoloreviews/rdbmanwithmoviecamera.html   (1179 words)

 Chelovek s kinoapparatom (The Man with a Movie Camera)
Vertov's beliefs seemed a bit contradictory: he proclaimed the glory of the camera as if it was unbiased scientific collector of reality but then asserted its method of deciphering the world was true Marxist despite the fact that his calling attention to the filmic aspects exposed the materialism of the medium.
Nonetheless, when making Man with a Movie Camera for the government of Ukraine, Vertov remained a true believer in the communist ideal and Man with a Movie Camera was designed to help convince Soviet citizen's to embrace technology as the Soviets were lagging behind the west when it came to industry.
Man with a Movie Camera is so far ahead of it's time that when Godfrey Reggio utilized many of the same techniques nearly 55 years later in his debut Koyaanisqatsi, people, myself included, thought he was doing something revolutionary.
www.metalasylum.com /ragingbull/movies/manwithamoviecamera.html   (2031 words)

 DVD Times - Man With a Movie Camera
Prior to Man With a Movie Camera Vertov had produced 23 “issues” of these newsreels under the title Kino-Pravda (literal translation: “Cinema-Truth”) and a number of equally political features, yet it is with the 1929 work - memorably described by critic Amy Taubin as “silent cinema’s last stand” - that his reputation lies.
As both Man With a Movie Camera’s title and attendant “excerpt from the diary of a cameraman” subtitle would suggest, Vertov is first and foremost concerned with the filmmaking process.
This release of Man With a Movie Camera (the first of three to be released in the UK to date) has been sourced from a 1996 restoration by David Shephard - the man responsible for numerous silent prints currently available on R2 DVD.
www.dvdtimes.co.uk /content.php?contentid=55637   (1502 words)

 Chelovek s kino-apparatom (1929)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
He used the camera as the witness of true life.
He believed that the camera was a machine.
The Man with a Movie Camera was a silent film that was created in fl and white.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0019760   (599 words)

 Images - Man With a Movie Camera
His camera, in the hands of brother Mikhail Kaufman, is never static; it travels where we can't--up smokestacks, under train tracks--and through continuous explosions of cinematic trickery--variable camera speeds, dissolves, split-screen effects, the use of prismatic lenses, and tightly structured montage--Vertov transforms not only reality, but traditional narrative cinema.
It's unfortunate that a man who wanted to link the cinematic machine with the people could be so mistrusted, because Man With a Movie Camera has a wonderfully rousing coda that links spectators within the theatrical diegesis to their onscreen counterparts (the film within the film).
Man With a Movie Camera is part of a new five-cassette video series from Kino on Video, called "The Soviet Avant Garde." Other films in the series include Vsevolod Pudovkin's Storm Over Asia and Deserter, Victor Turin's Turksib, and Lev Kuleshov's By the Law.
www.imagesjournal.com /issue05/reviews/vertov.htm   (941 words)

 Man With a Movie Camera Movie: Man With a Movie Camera DVD is available from Bestprices.com
Not merely a cinematic portrait of a day in the life of a city, cinema pioneer Dziga Vertov’s MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is an experimental manifesto of vision.
MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA took part in the city symphony genre that was popular at the time (BERLIN: SYMPHONIE OF A GREAT CITY is another example) but transcended it in its critical distance, sheer innovation, and sublimely fluid vision of man, machine, and society.
A second episode of MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA was created by Kaufman without Vertov, as the brothers had a falling-out shortly after MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA's premiere and never worked together again.
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 Marxist Truth in Man with the Movie Camera
In Man with the Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov’s goal is transcription of Marxist truth onto film, thus enlightening the proletariat through his work.
The first three acts are conveniently transposed in Man with the Movie Camera from the definitions that Marx gave them.
Since the movie is so visually complicated, the message itself becomes harder for the ordinary working man to understand.
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 Man With the Movie Camera : DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
There is the idea of film as a recorder of objective fact, that is potentially present anywhere though always located somewhere, suggested by the images of the filmmaker as a kind of eye towering over the city, seeing both the whole and the parts.
There is also the idea of film as highly subjective, suggested in images that show the personal reaction of the filmmaker, and in images that show the personal dangers faced by the "man with a movie camera" in his effort to capture difficult shots.
Described by director Dziga Vertov as an experiment in the language of pure cinema, "The Man With the Movie Camera" is perhaps the most dazzling and sophisticated, not only of Soviet, but of world silent cinema.
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 man-with-movie-camera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
We get a through-the-camera view of a passerby; see him reacting to the camera; then we see the camera as seen by him, with his own reflection in the lens.
In a superimposure we see a camera on its tripod, seemingly the size of an Eiffel Tower, standing with the cameraman in the midst of a vast crowd of tiny people: a highly expressive image.
Of the brilliance of The Man With the Movie Camera there was never a doubt.
yorty.sonoma.edu /filmfrog/reviews/m/man-with-movie-camera.html   (550 words)

 BBC - collective - the cinematic orchestra 'man with a movie camera' dvd
Martin Scorsese once spoke of the awe he felt as a child when the light emerged from the film projector — the idea that there was a whole other world encased in the film.
Man With A Movie Camera was essentially a piece of communist propaganda, yet contained editing techniques and superimposition that were radically innovative for the period.
Man With A Movie Camera is on DVD, LP and CD, out 26 May 03 on Ninja Tune.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/collective/A1057295   (579 words)

 Amazon.com: Man with a Movie Camera: DVD: Dziga Vertov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Man With a Movie Camera ~ The Cinematic Orchestra
At this moment, one remembers that one of the first movies ever filmed was, in 1896, the entrance of a train in a french railway station.
Vertov's _Man with a Movie Camera_ is not only the hallmark of Russian Constructivist film but one of the greatest films ever made, no hyperbole intended.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008WJC0?v=glance   (1771 words)

 Man With A Movie Camera - Music from the Movies
Man With A Movie Camera is a film made in 1929 by the Russian director Dziga Vertov.
A silent film about a day in the life of Moscow citizens and of one man and his camera.
The Man With A Movie Camera is a real treasure waiting to be discovered.
www.musicfromthemovies.com /review.asp?ID=1433   (451 words)

 DVD Times - Michael Nyman's Man With a Movie Camera
Listening to a silent movie score can often be a case of discovering what reaction or interpretation a composer has to a given work (there is rarely a director to consult or seek approval from, after all), and in this case Nyman succeeds very well.
The driving force behind Man With a Movie Camera is, of course, its eponymous cameraman and so it is entirely fitting that he should retain control of the picture and not Nyman.
One suspects that part of the reason for the BFI to release a second edition of Man With a Movie Camera was due to the technical difficulties of the initial disc.
www.dvdtimes.co.uk /content.php?contentid=55640   (968 words)

 DVD Empire - Item - Man With The Movie Camera / DVD-Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
I am conscious that it demands a peculiar effort to the 1999 movie fan, but the reward is great.
THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is a 1929 russian movie directed by Dziga Vertov.
For all the new movies that are released with bells and whistles it is titles like this and the other earlier silent cla
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 Man with the Movie Camera etc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Perhaps the sound reminded him of the noise made by a handcranked movie camera, or maybe the name is a comment on the vicissitudes of the film-maker's profession.
The film's central protagonist is the camera man but the key subject is the movie camera.
Hence Man With a Movie Camera pre-dates the modernist concern with the status of representation, and highlights the tenuous relation between reality, perceived reality and filmed reality.
www.st-andrews.ac.uk /~basement/reviews/manwithacamera.html   (1098 words)

 channel4.com/film - The Man with a Movie Camera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The film opens with shots of an empty cinema, and a projectionist threading through his projector the first reel of the film we are in the process of watching.
Later, the audience is seen to be delighted by a magically automated camera demonstrating how the camera itself functions.
The man with a movie camera (Kaufman himself) is a continual presence in the action, and the film, through juxtapositions of images, montages, camera tricks and visual puns, is about how and why films are made, watched and understood.
www.channel4.com /film/reviews/film.jsp?id=105759   (220 words)

 Music | The Cinematic Orchestra
In 1999, Cinematic Orchestra leader Jason Swinscoe was commissioned by Portugal’s Porto Film Festival to score Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, a 1929 silent that documents the day in the life of your average Soviet Joe.
Much of the music Swinscoe wrote for the one-time screening would influence his band’s second album, last year’s hypnotic and trancy Every Day, a recording that saw the group ditching much of the sampled electronica that was at the center of their debut, 1999’s Motion.
Now that Man with a Movie Camera has been released in its entirety, it’s evident that Swinscoe is a first-rate experimental composer capable of creating music that has force and depth and yet is also tastefully understated.
www.bostonphoenix.com /boston/music/otr/documents/03163964.asp   (184 words)

 Man with the Movie Camera - Dziga Vertov
However, this construction arises naturally through the city itself, and the shape given it by Vertov’s camera and editing.
Rather than constructing an artificial reality for a camera, Vertov experimented with shaping reality using a camera.
It is one of the first and most historically significant films in which the camera itself, the kino eye, was thought about as a tool for creating and not just recording.
www.caulderreport.com /page/M/manwithcam.html   (163 words)

 Man With A Movie Camera | The A.V. Club
Though their proper use was the subject of considerable debate, the greatest innovations of silent Soviet cinema came in the form of editing techniques, and Vertov takes a number of these techniques to their dizzying extremes with this film.
The camera itself is alternately leering, detached, and the subject of the film.
Man With A Movie Camera is something of an impenetrable masterpiece, and a stylistic dead end, but in the same sense as Joyce's Ulysses.
www.avclub.com /content/node/2096   (172 words)

 Ninjatune Releases - Man With the Movie Camera
The answer is “The Man With The Movie Camera” and The Cinematic Orchestra.
They are one of the few bands of the last few years to successfully fuse contemporary studio production techniques with fantastic live playing, their take on jazz and film soundtracks fused together with a thoroughly modern sampler-generation attitude.
And in their notional leader, J Swinscoe, they have a man who is as concerned with how sound looks, so to speak, as with how it sounds…
www.ninjatune.net /ninja/release.php?id=693   (587 words)

 Kino Film: Man With A Movie Camera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera is considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era.
This artistic inquiry resulted in the celebrated score for Man With A Movie Camera, performed by the Michael Nyman Band on May 17, 2002 at London's Royal Festival Hall.
This dawn-to-dusk view fo the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive.
www.kino.com /video/item.php?film_id=186   (213 words)

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