The movie ‘A Man with a Movie Camera’  by Dziga Vertov gives me a definition of movie from the earlier decade of movie industry. From our perspective, movie is more likely a entertainment product than a tool conveying political and social messages. In ‘A Man with a Movie Camera’ , Dziga Vertov conveys political and social message through camera which impresses me the most. Camera is no longer simply a production tool, it uses different speeds, scenes, compositions to convey different emotions and ideas. Comparing with movies that use much more advanced technology, ‘A Man with a Movie Camera’ definitely functions more effectively as a medium conveying messages from multiple perspectives. The movie is black and white with music in the background, but it contains tricky, stop-motion and speed-up actions to represent either softer or more intensive emotions. According to the movie, the split of the working class and higher social class is obvious. Although there is no word being said or explaining the scenes, the audience can clearly distinguish the huge difference between two classes. One of the scenes I remember is that several ladies are in hair salon and doing manicure where the women from the working class are doing the their work. Dziga Vertov uses continuously fasten shots to reinforce and exaggerate the huge distinction between two groups. As a black-white movie from 1929, ‘A Man with a Movie Camera’ is definitely a extraordinary work that defines both ‘movie’ and ‘art’.

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  1. ariatung says:

    Although I do think we typically see movies for entertainment purposes, I think that has changed a lot recently. We see more and more movies that are addressing different problems in society, and doing it in really creative ways. And movies are being used more and more as tools to convey political and social messages. For example, the movie Zootopia addresses social issues in a really creative way, that is geared towards kids, and can be used to educate young children about really serious issues in our society

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