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The Cameraman (1928)

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Hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios, a clumsy man attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire.

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After becoming infatuated with a pretty office worker for MGM Newsreels, Buster trades in his tintype operation for a movie camera and sets out to impress the girl (and MGM) with his work. Written by tvman@earthlink.net

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At the studio's insistence, Buster Keaton shot an ending with him smiling. It was previewed, and hated, so it was replaced with the ending the film now has. See more »

Goofs

When Buster breaks the glass in the door for the first time, the remaining pieces change in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sally Richards: [advice to the aspiring cameraman] You must always grind forward... never backward.
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Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) See more »

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Buster's "Annie Hall." A charming, fun romantic comedy.
9 March 2004 | by (Oz) – See all my reviews

Its sight gags may not be as funny, complex and clever as in Buster's independent films (The General, Sherlock Jr, Steamboat Bill Jr and others), but The Cameraman has probably the best romance of all his films, and is certainly one of the best directed. It has some wonderful sequences in it: the giant crane shot up and down the side of a gigantic stairway setpiece, contains probably the most impressive piece of direction. Buster's face was at its handsomest here, just before his excesses of the 30's. The version i saw had a fittingly gorgeous romantic score, which didn't hurt. Overall, The Cameraman is one of Buster's most charming, enjoyable films. And now one of my favourites.

If you've never seen a silent movie, i'd recommend this as a great place to start. Its such a welcoming, likeable movie. Visual humour does get much funnier than this - but the main source of joy in Keaton movies is Buster's irrepressibly likeable little character, here at his most likeable.


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