Monday, December 14, 2009

Dziga Vertov

Mikhail Kaufman in Man with a Movie Camera

still from Man with a Movie Camera

Man With A Movie Camera (Человек с Киноаппаратом) by Dziga Vertov is a silent documentary from 1929. The film develops its ideas purely visually, without a conventional story. City scenes, people, and machinery are elements in a tour-de-force of pre-talkies cinematic language and editing. Vertov's brother Mikhail Kaufman plays the part of the cameraman (above); Vertov's wife, Yelizaveta Svilova, was the editor.
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