48 Great Directors: Dziga Vertov

“I’m an eye. A mechanical eye.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Man With a Movie Camera.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Man With a Movie Camera.

What Did I Watch: A Sixth Part of the World.

Where Does He Fit: Sixth Part of the World makes me a tad uncomfortable in a way that I can usually set aside when dealing with the Soviet Montage movement. Maybe it’s because the labor is so foregrounded in this, and it all looks so urban? Still, Vertov’s sense for images is unbeatable. Who could ignore the shot of the man eating a huge bouquet of grapes, no matter how staged it all is? All documentaries lie, and this is the most egregious about it is all.


Most Valuable Asset: Crazy cuts.
Most Excited For: Enthusiasm.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Maybe too high, but yes.

Coming Up Next: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, musical team.


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