Man with a Movie Camera w/live piano accompaniment

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Dziga Vertov_iconDziga Vertov: Film Eye and Film Ear

Man with a Movie Camera w/live piano accompaniment

  1. Friday, April 6, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Man with a Movie Camera.

Scholar John MacKay is scheduled to be present.

Rated by a Sight and Sound poll of more than 200 filmmakers and critics as the greatest documentary of all time, Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera is increasingly well-known and yet inexhaustible in its ability to fascinate. Vertov’s masterpiece is celebrated for its reflexive consideration of film method, form, distribution, and exhibition. It celebrates nonfiction film itself, layering beautiful Constructivist cinematography, complex and innovative editing, and an array of narrative strands as it tells the story of the force of life in the new Soviet Union, with women leading the way. Live accompaniment provided by pianist Rodney Sauer. (2K DCP Presentation)


Rodney Sauer studied at the Oberlin Conservatory while majoring in chemistry at Oberlin College and has made a career in performing and recording dance and film music. He has researched historic practices of silent film orchestras, and his article on the history and use of “photoplay music” was published in the American Music Research Center Journal. While Sauer is best known for his work as director and score compiler for the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, a chamber quintet that revives the “library compilation” method used by silent film theater orchestras, he also improvises and composes music for silent films as a solo artist. With Mont Alto, Sauer has performed nationwide from Lincoln Center in Manhattan to Grauman’s Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, and he is a regular at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Denver Silent Film Festival, and the Telluride Film Festival.