Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Man With a Movie Camera (1929)

Film: Man With a Movie Camera (124/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

I had seen clips of this film before, during reflections on great early cinema. I didn't realize that the whole film would feel like clips: snippets of life in a time long gone. A divorce. A birth. Crowds with the cameraman superimposed, looming above. Workers. Children. The world keeps turning and turning and this film captures everything seen and unseen in Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow, and Odessa. All at breakneck speed no less, moving from one image to the next like a dance. It felt like a predecessor of films like Samsara, Baraka, and Sans Soleil. It's not necessarily "about" anything, but it truly feels like a work of art. This is the world we have made. Let's play. 

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