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Chelovek s kinoapparatom / The Man with the Movie Camera

Directed by: Dziga Vertov

Silent film with musical accompaniment and English subtitles. Videodisc release of a 1929 motion picture. Digitally mastered from a 35mm nitrate negative. Alternate audio track: Audio essay by Yuri Tsivian. "Presented by arrangement with George Eastman House." An experimental film which uses numerous cinematic techniques (split screens, multiple superimpositions, variable speeds, et cetera) to present a dawn to dusk view of the Soviet Union to study the relation between cinema and reality. Considered one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era. This view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive. It presents a mosaic of the life of a city (a combination of Kiev, Moscow and Odessa) by the use of the most advanced cinematic means of the time. It also attempts to engage the viewer in a theoretical discourse on the relationship between film and reality, on the nature of cinematic language, and human perception.



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Directed by: Igor┤ Talankin

Cast: Innokenti SmoktunovskiŠi, Antonina Shuranova

In Russian with English subtitles. VHS

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