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I Am a Camera (1955)

In Weimar-era Berlin, an aspiring writer strikes up a friendship with a vivacious, penniless singer.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Clive
Lea Seidl ...
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Herr Landauer
Jean Gargoet ...
Pierre
Stanley Maxted ...
Curtis B. Ryland, Editor
Alexis Bobrinskoy ...
Proprietor (Troika)
André Mikhelson ...
Head Waiter (Troika)
Frederick Valk ...
Doctor
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Electro-Therapist
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Swedish Water Therapist
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In Weimar-era Berlin, an aspiring writer strikes up a friendship with a vivacious, penniless singer.

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based on play | based on book | See All (2) »

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The most delightful double-exposure since Adam & Eve See more »

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21 July 1955 (UK)  »

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Une fille comme ça  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marian Winters won the 1952 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "I Am A Camera" in the role of Natalia Landauer. See more »

Goofs

When Sally finishes her second glass of champagne while Chris attempts to dissuade her from ordering anything else, she drains the glass. In the next shot, the glass is full again. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Isherwood: [to Sally] Any mess you get into, you try and get out of by using your extremely inadequate sex appeal.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

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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12 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the versions of this tale, this is by far the least notable. Who knew this story could be so DARNED CUTE…starting with the appallingly chirpy Ms. Harris. Of course, any trace of the gayness and decadence of 30's Berlin has been edited out, but in fact, any trace of the atmosphere whatsoever has been edited out. (The only vestigial evidence which remains is Shelly Winter's rather terrible German accent). This lapse is unutterably sad, considering the sexuality of Isherwood, Van Druten , even leading man Laurence Harvey. "I Am a Camera" is so bad, that it's a wonder that the story survived it. In fact, though, there was some service rendered to the original story "Sally Bowles". Some of the embellishments made it into the stage version of "Cabaret" where they then were transmuted with great style and depth into the superb film version. Also, Harris's virtually accent-less Sally Bowles proved that the nationality of the heroine was completely irrelevant, paving the way for Liza Minnelli to own the role. It is a shame that Van Druten's gayness found full flower only in his coded "Bell, Book and Candle". Knowing how cleverly he managed that, however, one feels he could have found some way to be truer to the spirit of Isherwood and his source material.


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