Justin Sherburn’s Score for ‘Man With A Movie Camera’ Live Tonight at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
The most avid film critics, completely mad for genuine classics, do not toss around the description “revolutionary” lightly. It’s reserved for those treasures that were (and remain) innovative, most likely groundbreaking in their day. This would be the case with Russian film director Dziga Vertov‘s 1929 silent masterpiece, Man With A Movie Camera.
Vertov literally traveled throughout the Soviet Union with his camera and shot a number of beautiful visuals in a very experimental, avant-garde manner through various cinematic techniques, some of which he invented. Most interestingly, what could have potentially resulted in a wildly disjointed mess, instead turned out to be a remarkably cohesive and brilliant narrative, edited by Vertov’s wife Elizaveta Svilova.
Austin-based composer Justin Sherburn (Okkervil River, Glovertango) was presented with the opportunity to compose a score for this film, and again, he’s produced something outstanding with a new six-piece group, Montopolis. You have one more chance to see the film with the score performed live tonight at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd.
Get there early to get a good seat. An extraordinary experience. Highly recommended.