Music

Man With The Movie Camera

We saw them only recently in the Union Chapel but I long suspected this gig was going to be on a different level and I wasn’t wrong. They came on and played to a 10 minute movie called Manhatta…

This from Wikipedia “Manhatta (1921) is a short documentary film which revels in the haze rising from city smoke stacks. With the city as subject, it consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a sky scraper.”

The next was a brilliant 20 minute, quite surrealist French movie Entr’acte (1924)… You can watch the movie ☞ here with the original soundtrack…

The feature film was of course the experimental 1929 Russian film, Man With The Movie Camera, their most famous work which they played in full. I have seen them 3 times but had never seen this score live and it was simply beautiful to listen and watch. There cannot be many more talent musicians than this group, their beats and rhythms are so unpredictable; they slow down, speed up, change altogether but never stop the wonderful rolling experience which always aligns perfectly to the moving images behind.

After the 3 movies they played some of their more vocal tracks and even brought on Roots Manuva to play All Things… Un-be-lievable… They were on about 3 hours and I don’t think I have ever had so much quality and value for money from a concert ticket. Ever.

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