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cacb3995's Movie Reviews (29)

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Man with a Movie Camera, The ( Chelovek s kino-apparatom ) 
Between Documentation and Cinematic Art
4/4 stars

Cinema is a relatively young art form. It’s been roughly 130 years since the invention of the cinematograph by the brothers Lumiere, but in this (compared to other arts) short period of time we’ve seen many masterpieces being written, produced, shot, edited, etc. It is no surprise that in this amount of time all the great filmmakers in their own eras and countries have occupied themselves with exploring and expanding the possibilities that the medium has to offer. It does come as a (kind of) surprise, that it was a relatively early film that did exactly that, developing techniques that decades later would be used and expanded on by many respected creators. The film in question is titled “The Man with the Movie Camera”, directed by Dziga Vertov in 1929. A non narrative movie, Vertov takes his camera and moves around different cities of the soviet union, filming small moments, capturing instances that would seldom ever be more sincere and more beautiful. An avant-garde film with no real plot, it comes from the thesis that cinema can go anywhere, and boy does it go.

Full review at: breakingthefourthwallsite.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/man-with-the-movie-camera-between-documentation-and-cinematic-art/


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