Magazine article Screen International

Man with a Movie Camera Tops Sight & Sound Doc Poll

Magazine article Screen International

Man with a Movie Camera Tops Sight & Sound Doc Poll

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More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.

Dziga Vertov's silent film Man with a Movie Camera (1929) has topped Sight & Sound magazine's first major poll of the world's best documentaries.

More than 1,000 films were nominated by 200 critics and 100 filmmakers with more than 100 voting for Man with a Movie Camera.

Vertov's surrealist classic in which a man travels around a city with a camera documenting urban life was shot in Odessa, Kiev and Khadliv.

Vertov also topped the critics' list of top doc filmmakers while Frederick Wiseman is number one according to his fellow directors.

Participating filmmakers included Kevin Macdonald, Walter Salles, Joshua Oppenheimer, James Toback, Asif Kapadia, Carol Morley and Mark Cousins.Critics' Top 10 documentaries

Man with a Movie Camera, dir. Dziga Vertov (USSR 1929) [pictured]

Shoah, dir. Claude Lanzmann (France 1985)

Sans soleil, dir. Chris Marker (France 1982)

Night and Fog, dir. Alain Resnais (France 1955)

The Thin Blue Line, dir. Errol Morris (US 1989)

Chronicle of a Summer, dir. Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin (France 1961)

Nanook of the North, dir. Robert Flaherty (US 1922)

The Gleaners and I, dir. Agnès Varda (France 2000)

Don't Look Back, dir. D.A. Pennebaker (US 1967)

Grey Gardens, dirs. Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer (US 1975)Critics' top filmmakers

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