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Chelovek s kino-apparatom, Documentary, 1929 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • Living Russia, or The Man with a Camera
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • Der Mann mit der Kamera (Germany)
  • L'homme a la camera (France)
  • Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Russia)
  • Mannen med filmkameran (Sweden)
  • Человек с Ки (USSR)
  • Liudyna z Kinoaparatom (Ukraine)

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Gag Halfrunt UK

2016-06-15 13:53

The Russian title is the original tile, of course.

rjluna2 US

2016-06-15 14:01

Indeed, Gag. Original Soviet Union title: Человек с Киноаппаратом


dsl SX

2016-06-15 21:27

Listed on imdb under the English title, it's the title of the BFI DVD release I'm using, there seem to be spelling variations for the Russian/SU title when anglicised, and there's a different Ukranian title. Do you really want to go there??

Also noted that Man with a Movie Camera seems an internationally recognised title from the list of internationally-based composers who have created soundtracks for this - silent - film for screenings of newly enhanced versions since the 1990s, and subsequent LP/CD releases. A list I found reads:
- Pierre Henry "L'Homme à la caméra" (1990)
- Alloy Orchestra "Man With The Movie Camera" (1996)
- Michael Nyman "Man With The Movie Camera" (2002)
- In the Nursery "Man With The Movie Camera" (1999)
- James Whetzel "Man With a Movie Camera" (2014)
- Werner Cee "Der Mann mit der Kamera" (2005)
- Biosphere "Man With A Movie Camera" (1997)
- Cinematic Orchestra "Man With A Movie Camera" (2002)

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dsl SX

2016-06-15 23:28

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Amazing film shot over 3 years in Moscow, Odessa, Kharkov and Kiev, the latter three all now being in Ukraine. Some of it shot by the titular man with a movie camera, the rest being footage of the man with a movie camera as he films.
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My captures and timings taken from the BFI dvd release in 2000 (68 minutes) but there are newer/different versions, some with enhanced quality. Easily found online from several sources - this youtube page for instance seems a newer sharper version.

It is a stunningly brilliant film - deserves all the accolades eg "Voted as the 8th greatest film of all time in Sight & Sound's 2012 critics poll" - much more than just a documentary, a fascinating portrait of a country, its technology and its people. Youtube and similar give lots of different musical scores to watch it with (see list above, plus there are others) depending on version being watched. In The Nursery's score is my choice of those I've tried, Biosphere's is great listening music but doesn't fit the images and seems to have lost 20 minutes footage in the clip I found, Alloy Orchestra is OK but unadventurous, James Whetzel's is a total mismatch with no coherent mood. Get the right musical accompaniment, and it's as powerful an experience as the totally brilliant Koyaanisqatsi achieved 60+ years later .


2 different cars at about 22-00
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A wheel which randomly crops up at 07-30 - soon after the Peugeot, but separated
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Loads of trams - I gave up capturing after these because there's so many
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One of the fascinating recurring images is how much everything mixed together in apparent total chaos - pedestrians, trams, buses, other vehicles
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Other stuff
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Telegraph poles and an engine (surprisingly little footage of engines, despite lots of footage from trains)
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Singer sewing machines and filming in a coal mine
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No traffic lights for rjluna, but this predecessor device
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Seems to be a portable contraption plonked down in the middle of the road, and the policeman rotates the directional arrow by winding the handles.

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dsl SX

2016-06-15 23:32

Planes for impdb - 2 separate sequences so may or may not be related
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moskvichok RU

2016-06-15 23:49

Wow, a film by Dziga Vertov :)

Nightrider RU

2016-06-15 23:57

moskvichok wrote Wow, a film by Dziga Vertov :)


dsl SX

2016-06-16 00:45

dsl wrote ..... this youtube page for instance seems a newer sharper version.

Timings there vary slightly - some are about a minute and 10 seconds earlier than my DVD in a few tests. Its score is by the Cinematic Orchestra - again OK but nothing special.

-- Last edit: 2016-06-16 03:02:34

Corkeyandpals US

2018-06-22 00:06

Aircraft at: http://impdb.org/index.php?title=Man_with_a_Movie_Camera


2018-09-08 17:06

Corkeyandpals wrote Aircraft at: http://impdb.org/index.php?title=Man_with_a_Movie_Camera

I agree with Gag Halfrunt : why this movie is entering under a English title when other Soviet/russian (i.e. country using cyrillic script) have page with a phonetic title ?
This led to confusion and I understood too late my work on IMPDB is a twin ... But with right identification of aircraft.

The old page done by Corkeyandpals will be deleted soon.

atom SE

2018-09-08 18:52

IMDb list the title as 'Chelovek s kino-apparatom' now, I will change this page to this title.

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