Today we’re watching a Russian classic, which is
CHELOVEK’S KINO-APPARATOM (1929)
The Man With a Movie Camera
by Dziga Vertov
Silent film, with added music by The Cinematic Orchestra
Chelovek’s Kino-Apparatom starts with this warning:
“ATTENTION VIEWERS! This film is an experiment in cinematic communication of real events without the help of intertitles, the help of a story or the help of theatre. This experimental work aims at creating a truly international language of cinema based on its absolute separation from the language of theatre and literature.”
“Cinema-Eyes” were a group of Soviet filmmakers in the 1920’s, who held that the camera was superior to the human eye with regards to (re)producing the dynamic visual motley — that is, the world before us. Dziga Vertov was the central figure of Cinema-Eyes in terms of both theory and practice, and in this highly-acclaimed exemplar of the group’s manifesto we are presented the ordinary yet chaotic life in the Soviet Russia back in those days: or, the amazement in virtue of recording and editing, the fascination with being able to give an order to the jumble of imageries.
*The next film (Dec 9) in the series is going to be Blow-Up by Michelangelo Antonioni. One more will be screened on December 16, then the Club will give a break for a month.