Logo for the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival in Teheran, Iran

‘Cinéma vérité’ is a direct translation of Dziga Vertov’s ‘Kinopravda’, Film Truth. Talking about his celebrated and audacious documentary about the Holocaust, ‘Chronicle of a Summer’ (1961), Jean Rouch used the term ‘Cinéma vérité’ with a direct reference to the Soviet director: “Our sole intention was a homage to Dziga Vertov…who completely invented the kind of film we do today.”

Writer, translator, filmmaker and critic Liu Na’ou (1905–1940), whose The Man Who Has a Camera (1933) pays explicit homage to Vertov’s The Man With a Movie Camera.


Perry Bard – “Man with a Movie Camera: The Global Remake”  (started in 2007) 

“Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake is a participatory video shot by people around the world who are invited to record images interpreting the original script of Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera and upload them to this site. Software developed specifically for this project archives, sequences and streams the submissions as a film. Anyone can upload footage. When the work streams your contribution becomes part of a worldwide montage, in Vertov’s terms the “decoding of life as it is”

Christopher Nolan – “Inception” 2010 (Paris streets folding sequence directly inspired by Bolshoi Theatre split screen sequence in Man with a Movie Camera).
“In among the film’s Russian-doll dreamscapes, Nolan includes several homages to Vertov, most notably with the mind-bending moment when the city folds over on itself” BFI