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The men with the movie cameras: the theory and practice of camera operation within the Soviet avant-garde of the 1920s

Cavendish, P.; (2007) The men with the movie cameras: the theory and practice of camera operation within the Soviet avant-garde of the 1920s. Slavonic and East European Review , 85 (4) pp. 684-723.

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Abstract

This article is about the camera operators who worked alongside the key film-directors of the Soviet avant-garde. This was a period when, on a theoretical level, cinema was increasingly defined in terms of photography and as a visual means of representation. Within the collaborative nature of the avant-garde units which emerged during the 1920s, the camera operator was regarded as a creative artist in his own right whose importance in terms of the development of a new film-language was critical. The article examines the intense and long-lasting nature of the collaborations between individual directors and their respective camera operators, and seeks to analyse the ways in which, working in harmony, they overturned pre-revolutionary visual conventions and forged a new expressive aesthetic. It also discusses the developments in technology which made this new aesthetic possible.

Type:Article
Title:The men with the movie cameras: the theory and practice of camera operation within the Soviet avant-garde of the 1920s
Publisher version:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mhra/see/2007/00000085/00000004/art00004
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES

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