Combustible Celluloid
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Directed by: Dziga Vertov
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Silent with English intertitles
Running Time: 68
Date: 01/08/1929

Man With a Movie Camera (1929)

4 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This silent movie by Russian innovator Dziga Vertov is a perfect DVD to own because it reveals new things with each viewing. It's one of the most amazing, beautiful, complicated and ground-breaking films ever made, and yet it doesn't seem to have ever earned the respect it deserves.

Perhaps this is because it doesn't have a plot: a man with a movie camera simply wanders around filming striking images. The editor combines the images and makes them dance circles around each other so that the picture always has several different things going on; it makes Sergei Eisenstein's celebrated editing on Battleship Potemkin seem lazy.

DVD Details: Though the film is already avaiable on DVD via other distributors, none of which I've seen, I can vouch that Kino's transfer is superb. Composer Michael Nyman (The Piano) contributes the excellent new score.

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