[Marxism] Man with the movie camera

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Dec 30 14:41:20 MST 2008


After watching a Netflix DVD of Dziga Vertov's "Man with the movie 
camera", I began doing some background research in order to prepare a 
review of this 1929 Soviet avant-garde masterpiece. Lo and behold! 
You can now watch it on the Internet. If you want to watch the silent 
version, then go to google/video. But if you want to watch it with an 
excellent film score (the same production as Netflix), go to the 
9-part youtube version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AInQ1x5_r3o).

Netflix's capsule description should motivate you to watch this classic:

"Cinema pioneer Dziga Vertov's controversial 1929 film still pulses 
with energy, innovation and genius. This landmark silent masterpiece 
from the Soviet avant-garde director stylishly highlights the buzz of 
everyday city life (shops, traffic, children, coal miners, nature) as 
seen through the eyes of a roving cameraman. Many filmic devices are 
used to comment on vision, life, Marxism and modernity in the Soviet Union."

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/man-with-a-movie-camera/





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