by Nini Baseema in New Film on Tuesday 28 February 2012

Man with a Movie Camera is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film that I find quite inspiring. It was created by Russian director Dziga Vertov. It features scenes of urban life in Odessa and other Soviet cities. What’s not typical for a silent movie of that time is that it contains neither story, nor specific actors. The film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops: such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, and so on. Vertov certainly was way ahead of his time.