Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera)
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Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera)
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 be to present life as it is lived. To that end, the filmmakers offer a day-in-the-life portrait of a city from dawn until dusk, though they actually shot their footage in several cities, including Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. After an opening statement, there are no words in the film (neither voice-over nor titles), just dazzling imagery, kinetically edited - as… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A truly radical and liberating work."
‑ , Time Out
"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"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Announced to be an experiment in creating a "truly international language of cinema" it is an early example of self referential filmmaking"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It's a startlingly avant-garde cross-examination of modern life, as well as a lesson in the power of filmmaking and an autopsy of its methods."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The most exhilarating mind trip you can have without taking drugs."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
"It becomes quite tedious and the hour that it lasts seems at least an hour and a half."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"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."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This belongs on the essential list"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"This is cameraman as documenter, magician and stuntman rolled into one."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The film remains a fascinating souvenir, though its flourishes are now fairly familiar."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"An odd curio that remains quaint."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Anyone interested in cinema must see this."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"At less than an hour, the film is a whirling delight, a kinetic overload of motion, elation, and unrestrained optimism."
‑ Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene
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