Man with a Movie Camera is arguably the most famous documentary film ever made. Produced in 1929 by the experimental filmmaker Dziga Vertov, it regularly tops best film lists world wide.
Following life in the city from dawn to dusk, the camera follows people at work at play, interacting with the machinery of modern life. Endlessly experimental and innovative in its techniques, which include fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, match cuts, jump cuts, split screens and a whole host of other camera and editing effects, it is a dizzying poem to the power of cinema and the relationship between man and machine. This version of Man with a Movie Camera is accompanied by a specially composed score from Michael Nyman (the Piano, the Draughtman’s Contract). A must for anyone with a passion for the history of film.
We are thrilled to announce that renowned Russian film historian Birkbeck’s Professor Ian Christie will introduce our Klassiki pick of the week, Vertov’s ‘Man with a Movie Camera.’ We will be broadcasting Ian’s introduction this Sunday the 12th from 6pm on Facebook Live, then he’ll be taking over our twitter to answer your questions! Check out our facebook page and twitter.
English subtitles are embedded in the video. Screening from 07.07 to 14.07. This week’s screening is available to UK visitors only courtesy of BFI. This screening is a Film Feels Connected event. Please fill out this survey after watching. Thank you for your time.
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