THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
CHELOVEK S KINO-APPARATOM
1929, Flicker Alley, 68 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Dziga Vertov

In his Kino Eye manifesto of 1923, director Dziga Vertov declared, “I am an eye. A mechanical eye. I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only the machine can see it,” embracing cinema as an art form that shuns traditional or Western narrative in favor of images from real life. This most studied Soviet film (named the best documentary of all time by Sight and Sound) paints a composite portrait of several Ukrainian cities, expressing Soviet themes of constructivism and collective success through a kinetic cascade of visuals.


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