Director: Dziga Vertov
Russia 1929 | Black & white | 68 mins | Silent
Avaliable on: DVD
Man With a Movie Camera is an extraordinary piece of film-making, a montage of urban Russian life showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that keep the city going. It was Vertov's first full-length film, and he used all the cinematic techniques at his disposal - dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze-frames - to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant. It was Vertov's formal inventiveness and energetic lyricism which inspired Michael Nyman to create his new score for this radical experiment of the Soviet cinematic avant-garde.