Man with a Movie Camera (The Cinematic Orchestra album)

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Man with a Movie Camera
Studio album by The Cinematic Orchestra
Released 26 May 2003
Recorded November 2002
Genre Jazz, Electronica, Downtempo
Length 60:55
Label Ninja Tune
ZEN78 (LP)
Producer The Cinematic Orchestra
The Cinematic Orchestra chronology
Every Day
Man with a Movie Camera
Ma Fleur
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10)[2]
PopMatters (?)[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Billboard (favourable)[5]

Man with a Movie Camera is a 2003 soundtrack album by The Cinematic Orchestra, released on 26 May, 2003 on Ninja Tune. The album contains re-workings and thematic reprises of some of the music from their previous album, Every Day, including the track "Man with a Movie Camera" and an instrumental version of "All Things to All Men" entitled "All Things".

The album comprises the soundtrack to a re-released version of the then ground-breaking 1929 silent documentary film, Man with a Movie Camera from Ukrainian director Dziga Vertov. The Cinematic Orchestra were commissioned to record the score to play as the opening event in Porto, Portugal's year as European Capital of Culture in 2001.

The first live performance took place in the Coliseu do Porto theatre in May 2000 as part of that year's Porto Film Festival, and was met with a standing ovation from the audience of more than 3,500 people.[6] The songs have since been performed at film festivals all over the world.

In November 2002, the band, along with a string section and percussionist Milo Fell, recorded the album over a 2-day period at Whitfield Street Recording Studio in London.

A DVD of the same name was given a limited release in 2003. It included Vertov's original film allied to The Cinematic Orchestra's soundtrack, and a "making of" documentary as well as some live performances and music videos from the band.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Projectionist" – 0:06
  2. "Melody" – 0:20
  3. "Dawn" – 4:00
  4. "The Awakening of a Woman (Burnout)" – 10:20
  5. "Reel Life (Evolution II)" – 6:57
  6. "Postlude" – 1:45
  7. "Evolution (Versao Portuense)" – 5:47
  8. "Work It! (Man with the Movie Camera)" – 8:05
  9. "Voyage" – 0:22
  10. "Odessa" – 2:05
  11. "Theme de Yoyo" – 2:20
  12. "The Magician" – 2:26
  13. "Theme Reprise" – 2:53
  14. "Yoyo Waltz" – 1:17
  15. "Drunken Tune" – 4:50
  16. "The Animated Tripod" – 1:12
  17. "All Things" – 6:06

Samples and inspiration[edit]

Influence on popular culture[edit]

  • The song "Awakening of a Woman (Burnout)" appeared on an episode late in the first season of the television anime series Immortal Grand Prix.


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