@ San Francisco Art Institute
The Mechanized Eye
The Man with the Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov
The Man With the Movie Camera (1929, 90 min.), Dziga Vertov’s last silent film, is an extraordinary fusion of social-realist documentary and Soviet formalism. Vertov, through aggressive montage, draws parallels between each individual Soviet’s labor while centering his “kino-eye” on the labor of filmmaking itself, thus fulfilling Lenin’s dictum about film being “the most important art.”..Preceded by The Camera Goes Along! (1936,12 min.), a short produced by the Nazis’ Ministry of Propaganda to explain to German audiences how a newsreel is made.