Man with a Movie Camera

The man with the camera ( Russian: Человек с киноаппаратом ) is a poetic documentary by Dziga Vertov 's 1929, the use of experimental agents. Except for Title text box at the beginning of the film is without intertitles.


The film shows a day in a large Russian city - the awakening of the first inhabitants, through their work shifts, up to the closing time exercise with a variety of recreational pursuits. Throughout the day, accompanied the audience a film reporter with a camera, filming various scenes of everyday life, which are subsequently assembled in the editing room.


In this time of social upheaval, the Russian filmmakers of her pictures were deliberately creating power. They used the medium of film to put the socialist construction in scene and considered this even as real intention of film and cinema. Dziga Vertov Among other writings on film evidence of this intention throughout a socialist functionality of cinema.

The Kinoki

Understood as opposition to the " Kinematographisten " and the economic, psychological and dramatized conception of the " movie thing " The Kinoki. The inner circle of the Kinoki consisted of the "Council of Three " together, namely Dziga Vertov, his brother, the cinematographer Mikhail Kaufman and Vertov's wife, Elizaveta Svilova editor. The film should be solved by the classic style elements such as literature or scenario and thus develop an independent language. Real life and the unexpected, neither planned nor directed recording was the scenario of Kinoki. In the manifesto published in 1934, " Kinopravda " Vertov writes:

" Not for the sake of cinema kino-eye glass, but the truth with the tools of cinema glass which is Kinopravda. Not the unexpected admission to the unexpected inclusion sake, but to get people to show without a mask, without make-up, to grab her in the eyes of the apparatus at the moment of non- playing. Your glass of cinema merely asked to read minds. "

At the same time, however, Vertov was assumed that the unvarnished recordings were fit to an ideal that should influence society in their lifestyle. In Kinoki - overthrow it says:

"I am kino-eye, I create a person who is more perfect than Adam, I get thousands of different people for different, previously designed plans and schemes. [ ... ] From a I take the strongest and most skilful hands of another, the leanest and fastest legs, of a third of the most beautiful and expressive head and manage to achieve through mounting a new, perfect man. "

This principle is found in Vertov's The Man with the camera. By the images of three cities - Kiev, Odessa and Moscow - condensed into an ideal city, he approaches the utopia. The awakening of the ideal city is equated with the awakening of the socialist revolution.

Importance to the film theory

The man with the camera can be described as poetic documentary, as a cross- film than political agitation or as reflexive documentary. All descriptions are true and just this represents the importance of the man out with the camera for the film theory. However, it is in large part Vertov's reflexive concept, the permanent representation of the recording situation and the cinematic construction that make him appear ahead of his time.

The Cinematic Orchestra

The British band The Cinematic Orchestra, was asked by the organizers of the festival of Porto, European Capital of Culture of 2000 to produce a new film score for the Russian silent film classic of 1929, The Man with a Camera by Dziga Vertov and to live during the film presentation play. This work differed from the other compositions of the band because of their real-time nature, the time-consuming post- productions like the album " Motion" is not allowed. The Cinematic Orchestra went on tour with this project and published a little later an album and the new version of the film set to music under the English name of " Man with a movie camera ". Many of the live compositions, which were originally made ​​for the man with the camera were converted mixes of the live form on studio format by, for example, vocal and electronic elements were added, and found use for the next album " Every Day ".