Man With a Movie Camera
Man With a Movie Camera (1929)

More widely known as Man With a Movie Camera, this radical (for it's time), freewheeling Russian documentary depicts the city of Moscow from sunrise to sunset. The still-innovative (or frustrating, depending on your tastes) silent was… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 12, 1929
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Cinema in its purest form: movement, sensation, action and visual trickery.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film remains a fascinating souvenir, though its flourishes are now fairly familiar.

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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

Little can be added to the praise heaped upon Man with a Movie Camera over the years, other than to emphasise quite how entertaining it is.

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Peter Watts
Time Out

A truly radical and liberating work.

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Graham Fuller
The Arts Desk

A masterpiece of avant-garde experimentalism and, fleetingly, an unexpected critique of the continuing class struggle.

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Allie Gemmill

The film remains a testament to the early days of filmmaking and the commitment to innovation and exploitation of the then-new medium.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It becomes quite tedious and the hour that it lasts seems at least an hour and a half.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

[Director] Dziga Vertov's documentary Man with a Movie Camera is more than 80 years old, yet it positively thrums with the onward rushing energy of a freight train, a type of futurist dynamism as surprising as a slap in the face.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

The sheer jouissance of Vertov's experimentation in a film defined by odd angles, jump cuts, split screens, tracking shots, double exposure and... playful montage, might alone propel Man with a Movie Camera onto greatest film ever lists.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Part documentary, cinema verite, and Avant-Gard art film, "Man with a Movie Camera" shows the everyday life of the 1920s Soviet Union. The disparity… More
Aj V
A beautiful, brilliant film of life. I highly recommend seeing this movie. It's a classic.
Greg S
This experimental documentary is a plotless record of life in the Soviet Union, mainly important as a then avant-garde catalog of camera tricks and editing… More
Conner Rainwater
Call me crazy, but I see nothing in this besides Communist propaganda and goofy special effects. I'm being gracious giving it as high a rating as I did,… More
Lucas Martins
A powerful film, showing the day, of a few, urban citys of Soviet Union. Present all the contrast of the happenings, and showing too how the born of a day have… More
Tim Sigur
Not for everyone, but a film buff's wet dream. Full of amazing visuals and editing styles that would make even James Cameron wonder why there is a need for… More