The 3rd floor gallery of the California Museum of Photography is closed for the installation of Color Shift from August 12th through August 30th, reopening on August 31st.

Man with the Movie Camera

Directed by: Dziga Vertov

Soviet Union | 80 minutes | Unrated


Saturday, May 19, 2012, 7pm - 9pm

Dziga Vertov's Man with the Movie Camera is startlingly modern, utilizing a groundbreaking style of rapid editing and cinematic effects to create a work of amazing power and energy. This dawn-to-dusk view of the Soviet Union offers a montage of people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that endlessly whirl to keep the metropolis alive. The film has an unabashedly avant-garde style, and emphasizes that film can go anywhere. It employs all the cinematic techniques at the director's disposal - double exposure, fast and slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, tracking shots, stop motion animations, dissolves, and extreme close-ups - to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant. Accompanied by Michael Nyman's celebrated score. 

 "The film's energy is a key aspect of its optimism, a dawn to dusk challenge to show us a day in the life of a Soviet urban dweller." - Dan Jardine, Cinemania 

Considered one of the Best, Most Influential Films of All Time