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I Am a Camera -- 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 people's money.


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Release Date:
21 July 1955 (UK) See more »
There are two points of view about SEX and " I Am a Camera" takes both of them! See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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Charming film treatment of Isherwood's "Goodbye to Berlin" See more (14 total) »


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Julie Harris ... Sally Bowles

Laurence Harvey ... Christopher Isherwood

Shelley Winters ... Natalia Landauer
Ron Randell ... Clive
Lea Seidl ... Fräulein Schneider
Anton Diffring ... Fritz Wendel
Ina De La Haye ... Herr Landauer
Jean Gargoet ... Pierre
Stanley Maxted ... Curtis B. Ryland, Editor
Alexis Bobrinskoy ... Proprietor (Troika)
André Mikhelson ... Head Waiter (Troika)
Frederick Valk ... Doctor
Tutte Lemkow ... Electro-Therapist

Patrick McGoohan ... Swedish Water Therapist
Julia Arnall ... Model
Zoe Newton ... Cigarette Girl
David Kossoff ... Minor Role
Paddy Smith ... Minor Role
Bill Brandon ... Minor Role
Ann Elsdon ... Minor Role
Stanley Morrell ... Minor Role
Bill Billington ... Minor Role
Anita Douglas ... Minor Role
Charles Saynor ... Minor Role
Henry Purvis ... Minor Role
Geoffrey Dunn ... Minor Role
Peter Prowse ... Minor Role
Stan Bernard ... Himself - Head of Stan Bernard Trio
Harold Siddons ... Editor at Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Adams ... Old Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Andre ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Arrow ... Troika Doorman (uncredited)
Anthony Bryant ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Janet Coats ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Lynn Courtney ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Jacqueline Cox ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Vincent Edward ... Nazi Orator (uncredited)
George Eugeniou ... Clive's Party Guest (uncredited)
Victor Fairley ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Janice Field ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Rodney Goodall ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Mandy Harper ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Jack Healy ... Clive (uncredited)
Jan Holden ... Clive's Party Guest (uncredited)
Don Koll ... Ticket Clerk (uncredited)
Janet May ... Tart (uncredited)
Charles McDaniel ... Reservation Clerk (uncredited)
Philip Morant ... Editor at Party (uncredited)
Charles Mosconi ... Second Man (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Nazi Handing Out 'Der Angriff' (uncredited)
Carol Olver ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Clifford A. Pellow ... Turk (uncredited)

Sid Raymond ... First Man (uncredited)
George Ricarde ... Clive's Party Guest (uncredited)
Barry Shawzin ... Nightclub Chef with Pig (uncredited)
Frank Singuineau ... Clive's Party Guest (uncredited)
Keith Smith ... El Dorado Patron (uncredited)
Emile Stemmler ... Café Waiter (uncredited)
Gareth Tandy ... Boy Finding Sally's Shoe (uncredited)
Stan Tracey ... Nightclub Pianist (uncredited)
Richard Wattis ... Bespectacled Man at Book Launch (uncredited)
Angela White ... Little Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Cornelius 
Writing credits
Christopher Isherwood (book "Berlin Stories")

John Van Druten (play)

John Collier 

Produced by
Jack Clayton .... associate producer
John Woolf .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
Cinematography by
Guy Green 
Film Editing by
Clive Donner 
Art Direction by
William Kellner 
Makeup Department
Ida Mills .... hair stylist
Production Management
Leigh Aman .... production manager
Erica Masters .... production manager
Sound Department
W.H. Lindop .... sound recordist
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director

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USA:98 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: While most of film is a flashback set in early Thirties, all of the costumes and hairstyles are straight out of the early Fifties.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Charming film treatment of Isherwood's "Goodbye to Berlin", 26 June 2002
Author: pjsuther from Fullerton CA

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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