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Man With a Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov, 68 mins) 1pm, 5 November, Phoenix Cinema
The manifesto at the start of Vertov’s most famous documentary describes it as ‘an experiment in the cinematic communication of visible events’. Vertov, his brother Mikhail Kaufman and wife Elizaveta Svilova, known collectively as the kinoks (‘cine-eyes’), rejected the narrative conventions of fictional cinema. In this visual study of everyday life in a Soviet city, the cameraman Kaufman records what is happening around him, and also appears on screen as a protagonist.
Svilova is likewise seen at work editing the film. Filmed in Moscow, Kiev and Odessa, Vertov’s film presents the Soviet Union of the 1920s as a modern, industrious and creative society with everyday life transformed by technical innovation.