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I Am a Camera (1955)

 -  Drama  -  21 July 1955 (UK)
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In the early thirties, aspiring writer Christopher Isherwood, living in Berlin, meets the vivacious, penniless singer Sally Bowles. They develop a platonic relationship while Sally has a wild time spending other peoples money.

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Jean Gargoet ...
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Stanley Maxted ...
Curtis B. Ryland, Editor
Alexis Bobrinskoy ...
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André Mikhelson ...
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Frederick Valk ...
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Tutte Lemkow ...
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Julia Arnall ...
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In the early thirties, aspiring writer Christopher Isherwood, living in Berlin, meets the vivacious, penniless singer Sally Bowles. They develop a platonic relationship while Sally has a wild time spending other peoples money.

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THE MOST TALKED-ABOUT PICTURE ON THAT MOST TALKED-ABOUT SUBJECT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Une fille comme ça  »

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In 1955 the movie received a "Condemned" rating - the lowest possible - by the Legion of Decency, a Roman Catholic organization that passed moral judgments on films between 1933 and 1965. Although this rating was very rare, it was also applied to "Psycho", "Some Like It Hot" and "Breathless." See more »

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When Sally and Chris place their drink orders in the Troika bar we see Sally's jacket is buttoned up. The camera cuts back to Sally after Chris sitting opposite her utters one short sentence and her jacket is now unbuttoned in readiness to be removed. See more »

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In opening credits, Shelley Winters is misspelled "Shelly". See more »

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Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin
Music by Ralph Maria Siegel
Lyrics by Aldo von Pinelli
Sung by Marlene Dietrich and Liselotte Malkowsky
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Surprisingly good
7 July 2007 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Much reviled when it first appeared, (inspiring the famous review 'Me No Leica'), this precursor of "Cabaret" can now be looked at in comparison and it's not half bad. It's certainly no classic but it has its own wayward charm, (the film version of "Cabaret" follows this plot whereas the stage version changed the plot somewhat). One should, of course, resist the temptation to snicker when Laurence Harvey's Christopher Isherwood, (it keeps the original author's real name; God Knows what Isherwood thought of it), describes himself as 'a confirmed bachelor' and while Harvey is an utterly inadequate 'hero', (he's virtually asexual), and Shelly Winters woefully miscast as Fraulien Landauer, (the part Marisa Berenson played in "Cabaret"), Julie Harris is a perfectly marvellous Sally, (it's a lovely piece of comic acting), and Anton Diffring is first-rate as Fritz, the German-Jew in love with Shelly's character. Of course, if "Cabaret" had never come along you might ask yourself would this ever have seen the light of day again. That it has been revived may not quite be cause for celebration but it's perfectly acceptable all the same.


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