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Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera on Blu-ray in July

30 June 2015

On 27th July the BFI will release a Special Edition Blu-ray of Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929), presented with Michael Nyman’s celebrated score. An extensive selection of special features includes Vertov’s poetic propaganda film Three Songs of Lenin and two of his radical mid-1920s documentary films, both of which feature equally radical new soundtracks by electronic experimentalists Mordant Music.

Voted the greatest documentary of all time in the 2014 Sight & Sound poll, Dziga Vertov’s groundbreaking Man with a Movie Camera uses an array of dazzling cinematic techniques to record the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that keep the city going.

Man With a Movie Camera will be released on UK Blu-ray on 27th July 2015 by the BFI at the RRP of £19.99

The special features will be:

  • Audio commentary by Russian film scholar Yuri Tsivian

  • Kino-Pravda No.21 (Dziga Vertov, 1925, 36 mins): newsreel devoted to Lenin on the anniversary of his death, with a new Mordant Music score

  • One-Sixth of the Globe – ETV version (Dziga Vertov, 1926, 84 mins): ideologically charged documentary, presented in its specially prepared UK distribution version, with a daring new soundtrack by Mordant Music

  • Three Songs of Lenin (Dziga Vertov, 1935, 61 mins): poetic propaganda film based on three songs of the Soviet East dedicated to the revolutionary leader

  • David Collard on Three Songs of Lenin and WH Auden (2009, 7 mins)

  • Simon Callow Reads WH Auden’s Verses from Three Songs of Lenin (2009, 3 mins)

  • Illustrated booklet with essays and credits