Man with a Movie Camera is a film made in 1929 which shows Moscow's every day life in the 1920s. People are presented doing ordinary things - working, eating, sleeping - as cogs in the machine of a utopian city. The camera enters the core of events and phenomena, and looks for new methods for film perception to convey the complexity of life in a metropolis. In his film, Dziga Vertov experiments with images and sounds. He speeds up and slows down the image, stops it on single frames, zooms, jumps through frames and divides the screen. Next to such magnificent works as Rien que les heures (1926) by Alberto Cavalcanti or Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927) by Walter Ruttmann, Vertov's creation is one of the so-called city symphonies. These were created at the turn of 1920s and 1930s, as images which connect documentaries and avant-garde cinema. Currently the film is under a royalty-free licence with numerous soundtracks created by among others The Cinematic Orchestra, Biosphere and Michael Nyman.
DZIGA VERTOV was a screenwriter, director, one of the most renowned documentalists in the history of cinema and creator of the idea of a newsreel. He was born in a Jewish family in Białystok in 1896. In 1916, he started studying at Psychoneurological Institute in Saint Petersburg and analysed human perception in the Auditory Lab. He created "sound poems", as well, and was fascinated by the city of the future, its complicated structure, life pace, technical progress. In his manifesto he wrote: 'When we discover the souls of machines and make a worker fall in love with a machine tool, a peasant with a tractor and a driver with a steam engine, we bring creative joy into any mechanical work. We create blood bonds between humans and machines, and educate new people'. His main creative objective was documenting reality and catching the truth on film, for which the camera is better prepared than a human eye.