Vertox’s Kino-eye was a very interesting film in a type that I have never seen before. Even though the film was showing an everyday life of the city, it was fascinating to see the differences of the society compared to the early 1920’s to today from a variety of camera shots and how everyone in the film was portrayed as workers; even the camera man.
What I especially liked about this film is the cinematography and the use of music. In the scene where a man is on the railroad and the train is approaching, not only does he use black screens in between the shots to make the nervousness increase as the train is approaching, but the drums get louder, and louder that you are automatically attached to the screen to wonder what’s going to happen. In another scene where he shows a still image of a women, and later shows the same person moving by putting together the film, he starts with a very dark music that is composed with trombone, which gives a negative, dark image of the person. However, once the still images starts moving, the jazzy piano comes in and portrays that the person is actually living, has their own life, and the negative image almost turns positively.
Vertox also added sounds of the city into music as key rythms which I thought was very unique. In parts of the film where Vertox portrayed horse-drawn carriages, he used the sound of horses walking and sounds of trains whenever trains where the main objects of shot. This gives an audience what the subject is, or that the object that sound is repeated is an important factor of the city.

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  1. alexanderlandau says:

    I also have never seen a film in this style before. Vertov’s “Man with a Movie Camera” was overwhelming and intriguing. When the music got really loud and the camera started to rapidly switch shots a mix of nervousness, excitement and curiosity rushed over me. These intense scenes lasted just long enough to make an impact on me but not make me so overwhelmed that I wanted to stop watching. It reminded me just how crucial editing and the music score is to make a film impactful and successful. I think it would be interesting to create a film in the same style but set in the present day. Would audience members have similar reactions? Would this style of film work well set the present day?

  2. shaafifarooqi says:

    Music plays an undeniably large role in both Vertov’s film and in cinema today. The score stood out to me very much in this film. In the present day, music is always expected yet not typically noticed by audiences; it plays a subtle background character that can tremendously influence the mood of a piece . However, “Man with a Movie Camera” utilized music as a dominant feature of the film, which also made me wonder how audiences members today would react to a piece like Vertov’s.

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