Man with a Movie Camera and Other Works by Dziga Vertov
Man With a Movie Camera, the silent Soviet documentary from director Dziga Vertov, has an incredible reputation. Not only did the prestigious British publication Sight and Sound proclaim it the greatest documentary ever made in a poll of filmmakers and critics, but in the last of their once-a-decade polls to select the out and out greatest films of all time, it appeared at number 8.

The films on Dzinga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera reveal a dazzling film craftsman who had one foot in the European Avant Garde, the other in the Communist dogma of his hero, Vladimir Lenin. Post-Revolution Russia was an interesting time, when the Soviet bureocracy was pushing forth an oppressive, murderous regime, yet needed the forward-looking, creative talents of believers like Vertov to spread their collective-utopia message. While the outright propaganda displayed in the other films may seem strident to our modern eyes, one can still view them as proof of Vertov's impressive skill with camera angles, editing, juxtaposition and layering of images.

Presented in a definitive new restoration from EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam and Lobster Films, the film is also presented with other works by Vertov both before and after his masterpiece - Kino-Eye (1924), Kino-Pravda #21 (1925), Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass (1931) and Three Songs About Lenin (1934) - in this limited-edition Dual-Format edition.


• The Man with the Movie Camera is presented with music by The Alloy Orchestra following the musical instruction written by Dziga Vertov and as it was produced for the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.
• New audio commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin
• The Life and Times of Dziga Vertov, an exclusive, lengthy video interview with film scholar Ian Christie on Vertov's career and the films in this set (46:31)
• Dziga Vertov: Non-Fiction Film Thing, a new video essay by David Cairns (20:20)

• 'Kino-Eye' (1924) depicts a group known as the Young Pioneers in a Soviet village who distribute communist propaganda to their fellow villagers on the benefits of collectivism.
• 'Kino-Pravda #21' (1925) is taken from Vertov's newsreel series and commemorates the first anniversary of Lenin's death.
• 'Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass' (1931) examines the work of the miners at the Don coal basin and their efforts to fulfil the first five year plan.
• 'Three Songs About Lenin' (1934) is based around three complimentary songs that are sung about Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin by members of the public.

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:07:50 | 6.58 Gb + 7.70 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian intertitles
Subtitles: English

BD25 + BD50 | 1080p AVC | 1:07:55 | 23.1 Gb + 46.5 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian intertitles
Subtitles: English

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