Man With A Film Camera, Directed By Dziga Vertov And Edited

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Man with a Movie Camera, directed by Dziga Vertov and edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova, is an experimental film released in 1929 after having been filmed over a period of three years in urban U.S.S.R and is considered by some to be both a documentary and avant-garde cinema (Aitken, 2011, p. 602). The film was shot in the Soviet cities of Kiev, Moscow and Odessa (Nytimes.com, 2015). Unlike Hollywood and the growing trends of Russian silent Cinema at the time, Vertov chose not use actors, theatrical elements and melodrama to capture the urban sprawl of Soviet Russia; calling drama a "corrupting influence" on the proletarian sensibility (Kolchevska et al., 1986). Vertov’s cinematic focus was instead on the cityscapes, industrial structure and on the machine. Machines, motors and manmade contraptions assume a significant role in Vertov 's idea of new and unadulterated cinematography within the emergent, powerful and industrialized society that was U.S.S.R.; his film focusses on people in many aspects of their life - at work, during recreation and athletics, using correspondence, and enjoying entertainment and music. He imagines a compact and to some degree befuddled industrialized/mechanical world that necessitates a unique Cinematic atheistic. Vertov frames and makes clear his artistic and ideological philosophies in a manifesto (Vertov, 1922) which put forward that he is not just a cinematic artisan, but somebody with a great deal of passion for both art and culture. He…
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