Man With a Movie Camera this week (that’s what Netflix calls it, where it’s available for streaming). Next week is The Searchers. As always, follow along on our iCheckMovies list, and be sure to let us know how you’d rank the movies in the comments below.
Man With a Movie Camera – January 8, 1929
Director: Dziga Vertov
Writers: Dziga Vertov
Cinematography: Mikhail Kaufman
The course of the conversation:
We actually watched a silent movie we said we’d watch.
Nathaniel makes a reference from The Ring. Jonathan doesn’t get it.
Michael quotes Nietzsche and stares into the abyss.
Jonathan is still processing.
Let’s define our terms.
A movie doesn’t need to protest to be political.
The movie has an agenda, but it feels subtle.
So much of the movie feels modern, but at the time, Vertov put out a month-long disclaimer to warn the audience that things were going to get weird.
The host’s lack of knowledge becomes an issue with understanding this film.
Quentin Tarantino would love this movie.
Appreciation for this film may be lost as we lose the physical process of moviemaking.
Live birth, side-boob, front-boob, dancing crawfish.
These are just people, living their lives, and how would that have appeared to people afraid of the Commies?
Is this movie sugar-coating Stalinist Russia, or successfully giving a taste of a day-in-the-life despite what bad things might’ve been going on?
From a social point of view, we’re glad this movie exists.
Nathaniel made his decision easily. Michael had trouble, but didn’t rank it high. Jonathan feels there’s a lot of technique to deconstruct and learn from.
Your hosts announce their next movie, The Searchers, with confidence, because they’re pulling a double-feature week.