Man with a Movie Camera and the Role of Film

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Erik Barnouw asks the reader in his book Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film to consider the visibility of the camera in Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera. What makes this film so interesting and unique is its draws direct attention the fact that it is a film, when often the goal is to make the audience forget. Where most films try to hide the camera, this film intentionally displays it. I believe the reasoning behind this it to draw comparisons between filmmaking and everyday life, as well as to experiment with the blurred line between reality and illusion.

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