vertov

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, manoeuvring in the chaotic movements, recording one movement after another in the most complex combinations.

Freed from the boundaries of time and space, I coordinate any and all points of the universe, wherever I want them to be. My way leads to the creation of a fresh perception of the world. Thus I explain in a new way the world unknown to you.

—  Dziga Vertov, 1923

Man With a Movie Camera…. this film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques exhibited throughout. Vertov basically invents, deploys and develops (double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cut, split screens, DUTCH ANGLES, extreme close-ups, tracking shots). I mean, the dude was ahead of his time.

As crucial as Potemkin, Citizen Kane and Birth of a Nation was to cinema’s basic foundation, Vertov stresses the importance of style, his technical wizardry still being talked about more than 80 years later..

p.s VUFKU studio is proooobably one of my favourite of the time.