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

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 13, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Cinema in its purest form: movement, sensation, action and visual trickery.

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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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Louis Proyect

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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Time Out

A truly radical and liberating work.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

It's a valuable record of Soviet city life at the end of the 1920s, and it explodes with visual ideas.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An odd curio that remains quaint.

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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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Dan Jardine

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 Critics
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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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Part documentary, cinema verite, and Avant-Gard art film, "Man with a Movie Camera" shows the everyday life of the 1920s Soviet Union. The disparity… More
Aj V
A beautiful, brilliant film of life. I highly recommend seeing this movie. It's a classic.
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