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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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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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"JULIE HARRIS is as frothy and exciting as a fresh bottle of champagne. An amoral Junior Mistress, a nymph in sheet's clothing...she gives one of the finest performances of her career. No item for children." -- Time Magazine See more »

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The original Broadway production of "I am a Camera" by John Van Druten opened on November 28, 1951 at the Empire Theater and ran for 214 performances. The play was based on "The Berlin Stories" by Christopher Isherwood and was later developed by Fred Ebb and John Kander as the musical "Cabarat". See more »

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In the nightclub on New Year's Eve, the drummer does a drum roll and then a cymbal is heard without the drummer hitting the cymbal. See more »

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

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Version of Cabaret (1972) 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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Charming film treatment of Isherwood's "Goodbye to Berlin"
26 June 2002 | by (Fullerton CA) – See all my reviews

In Isherwood's preface to his "Berlin Stories" he talks about meeting Julie Harris backstage during "Camera's" Broadway run, and seeing her as the quintessential Sally Bowles. Maybe he was being gracious, but we couldn't have agreed more. Filled with witty dialogue, this film moved at a brisk pace, and yet when it was over, we felt as if we had seen an in depth slice of the demimonde life in pre-war Berlin. Harris was simply fascinating - what a beautiful smile! Highly recommended (if you can find it) for those who find this time and place irresistible.

Nice details too, including quick shots of Berlin "boot-girls" (dominatrix ladies of the night) and the El Dorado, one of the city's most colorful transvestite bars (even the murals inside are spot on!)


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