Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera)
Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera) (1929)

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… More

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Release Date: May 13, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

A truly radical and liberating work.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

The film's energy is a key aspect of its optimism, a dawn to dusk challenge to show us a day in the life of a Soviet urban dweller

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Urban Cinefile

Announced to be an experiment in creating a "truly international language of cinema" it is an early example of self referential filmmaking

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It becomes quite tedious and the hour that it lasts seems at least an hour and a half.

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

One of the towering masterpieces of Soviet cinema. As much of a joy it is to watch, it is sad to think that the director was effectively silenced as soon as Stalin made "Socialist Realism" mandatory.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's one of the most amazing, beautiful, complicated and ground-breaking films ever made, and yet it doesn't seem to have ever earned the respect it deserves.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film remains a fascinating souvenir, though its flourishes are now fairly familiar.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An odd curio that remains quaint.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Man with a Movie Camera is like a wordless anthem for all cinephiles, directly targeting that je ne sais quoi that makes cinema so powerful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
This experimental documentary is a plotless record of life in the Soviet Union, mainly important as a then avant-garde catalog of camera tricks and editing… More
Conner Rainwater
Call me crazy, but I see nothing in this besides Communist propaganda and goofy special effects. I'm being gracious giving it as high a rating as I did,… More
Lucas Martins
A powerful film, showing the day, of a few, urban citys of Soviet Union. Present all the contrast of the happenings, and showing too how the born of a day have… More
Tim Sigur
Not for everyone, but a film buff's wet dream. Full of amazing visuals and editing styles that would make even James Cameron wonder why there is a need for… More
AJ Verser
A beautiful, brilliant film of life. I highly recommend seeing this movie. It's a classic.
Randy Tippy
Innovative, fast paced celebration of human society. Dziga Vertov covers it all, birth, death, and just about everything in between - including the making of… More