Man With A Movie Camera
A unparalleled look at daily life in 1920's Soviet Union. Director Dziga Vertov, or 'Spinning Top', synthesises footage of industry, exercise, leisure and transport with scenes of the film being edited, of the filming itself and cameramen at work. He challenges the artifice of narrative documentary - asserting that acknowledging the process is more truthful than excluding it for neutrality or form. Stop-motion animation, split screens, double exposures and lengthy dissolves, all techniques in their infancy at the time, are deployed expertly. With a new score, this modern restoration shows fully why this is among the most respected and referenced films ever made.