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Man with The Movie Camera Analysis

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Priscilla Ocampo
Professor Smith
ART 114-001
17 February 2020
Man with the Movie Camera
The movie "Man with the Movie Camera" was an experimental film that may have been
ahead of its time. Directed and filmed by brothers Dziga Vertov (director) and Mikhail Kaufman
(Cameraman), the film was edited in the style of Soviet Montage. This style of filmography,
which is typically associated with the montage scene, consisted of a scene that used editing in a
collage-like manner to compress narrative information and convey ideas. The unique part of
"Man with the Movie Camera" is that it was done using only the montage style each fame
different from the last, from all around the world. All the various shots mashed together to create
a movie. Many different techniques were used throughout this film to help the audience
speculate what on earth was happening. Specifically, the methods that were used in the film are
called the 1+1=3, and the "Kuleshov Experiment."
The 1+1=3 technique (which was created by Serge Eisenstein) is a type of montage scene
where the meaning arises from the collision of independent shots. This technique was displayed
multiple times throughout the film. A specific scene that sticks out is when a shot shows a couple
in a courthouse signing marriage papers. The next shot then shows a different couple in the same
courthouse getting divorced. The final scene then shows two trains side by side, headed in the
same direction the scene then changes to the trains headed in opposite directions. The scenes
apart have their own meanings, but together they form their collective purpose. As in both

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Priscilla Ocampo Professor Smith ART 114-001 17 February 2020 Man with the Movie Camera The movie "Man with the Movie Camera" was an experimental film that may have been ahead of its time. Directed and filmed by brothers Dziga Vertov (director) and Mikhail Kaufman (Cameraman), the film was edited in the style of Soviet Montage. This style of filmography, which is typically associated with the montage scene, consisted of a scene that used editing in a collage-like manner to compress narrative information and convey ideas. The unique part of "Man with the Movie Camera" is that it was done using ...
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