Dziga Vertov's silent masterpiece, Man with a Movie Camera, remains significant because of how well it resists classification. The film is so elusive, you can't talk about it without qualifying your words. It's propaganda about the Soviet people, but. It's a documentary heavily invested in pushing the technical limits of film, but. It's poetry, with cuts functioning as line breaks, but. You can't quite get at it. Which is precisely why coming back to the film for another viewing is necessary.

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Thursday, May 12
6:30 p.m.
Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
MoMA
11 West 53 St, New York
Tickets $10 (at the door)