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The Cameraman (1928)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, Family | 22 September 1928 (USA)
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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When Buster Keaton falls off of the bus, a billboard for The Actress (1928) appears in the background. The titles for both films were written by Joseph Farnham. See more »

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

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Cop: Did you ever find that flame you were looking for?
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Pure anarchy
18 May 2000 | by (North Thailand) – See all my reviews

Keaton's "The Cameraman" is one of his very finest. The first picture he made after his newly inked contract with MGM, this is generally considered to be his last masterpiece. It is reminiscent of some of his early slapstick works: there's a pure anarchistic glee throughout that finally explodes in an incredible scene involving a monkey, a movie camera, and Keaton amidst a full-fledged Chinese gang war (!) that must surely go down as one of the most ambitious gags anyone has ever attempted. But the whole film is great fun and would make a wonderful double bill with "Sherlock Jr." though the MGM print of "The Cameraman" is far inferior to the Kino print of "Sherlock" (or most other existing Keaton films for that matter). Regardless, a mediocre print is better than none at all and this deserves to be seen because it's nothing less than genius.


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