“I’m an eye. A mechanical eye. I, the machine, show you a world the way only I can see it. I free myself for today and forever from human immobility. I’m in constant movement. I approach and pull away from objects. I creep under them. I move alongside a running horse’s mouth. I fall and rise with the falling and rising bodies. This is I, the machine, maneuvering in the chaotic movements, recording one movement after another in the most complex combinations.
Freed from the boundaries of time and space, I co-ordinate any and all points of the universe, wherever I want them to be. My way leads towards the creation of a fresh perception of the world. Thus I explain in a new way the world unknown to you.”
_Dziga Vertov On Film camera
His film Was a stunning experiment using the elements of cinema, even today fascinates me….Then I started learning more about this pioneering technician. Already Eisenstein and Pudovkin had made great strides in silent cinema, and Vertov brought fresh air with his style of film making.
David Abelevich Kaufman— also known as Denis Kaufman was a Soviet pioneer documentary film, newsreel director and cinema theorist. later he adopted the pseudonym
“Dziga Vertov”, which translates loosely …. I, a machine.
The man with a movie camera is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film, with no story and no actors, directed by Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova.
This 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, stop motion animations and a self-reflexive style;at one point it features a split screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles.
The way he planned his films and executed is amazing.
In the 2012 Sight and Sound poll, the critics voted Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) the 8th best film ever made.
His famous quote
“Our eyes see very little and very badly – so people dreamed up the microscope to let them see invisible phenomena; they invented the telescope…now they have perfected the cine camera to penetrate more deeply into the visible world, to explore and record visual phenomena so that what is happening now, which will have to be taken account of in the future, is not forgotten.”
One can see the full movie at https://archive.org/details/ChelovekskinoapparatomManWithAMovieCamera or