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Man with a Movie Camera (1929) with live accompaniment by Montopolis

Dates with showtimes for Man with a Movie Camera (1929) with live accompaniment by Montopolis
  • Fri, Sep 16

Director: Dziga Vertov Run Time: 69 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1929

Starring: Elizaveta Svilova, Mikhail Kaufman

Country: Soviet Union
Language: None

About the film:

Austin-based indie chamber music group Montopolis scores the infinitely-inventive Soviet experimental silent documentary, Man with a Movie Camera (1929), live in the screening room.

Set on the streets of Moscow, Kyiv, and Odesa, a cameraman wanders around the city streets with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. Part documentary and part cinematic art, the film depicts everyday life in once-modern cities. Composer Justin Sherburn created a joyful original score to be played alongside the film to celebrate the beauty and resilience of Ukraine’s people.

About the filmmaker:

Dziga Vertov was a Soviet pioneer documentary film and newsreel director, as well as a cinema theorist who developed his own cinematic language. His filming practices and kino-glaz (“film-eye”) theory—that the camera is an instrument best used to explore the actual happenings of real life—had an international impact on the development of documentaries and the cinéma vérité style of movie-making. His features include Kinoglaz (1924), The Sixth Part of the World (1926), The Eleventh Year (1928), Man with a Movie Camera (1929), Enthusiasm (1930) and Three Songs of Lenin (1934 and 1938).

In the 2012 Sight & Sound poll, critics voted Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) the eighth-greatest film ever made.

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