8.0/10
3,844
18 user 18 critic

Camera Buff (1979)

Amator (original title)
Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen... See full summary »

Writers:

(scenario), (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

6 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

No End (1985)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

It's 1982: Poland is under martial law, and Solidarity is banned. Ulla, a translator working on Orwell, suddenly loses her husband, Antek, an attorney. She is possessed by her grief, and ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Maria Pakulnis, Aleksander Bardini
The Scar (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Mariusz Dmochowski, Jerzy Stuhr
Blind Chance (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Stefania Iwinska
Talking Heads (1980)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

People of different age, profession and social status answer two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Drama | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska
Personel (TV Movie 1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Romek, an idealistc 19-year-old boy, takes a job as a tailor in the costume department of a Warsaw theater company where his new colleague, Sowa, is pressured to make a costume for an ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Juliusz Machulski, Michal Tarkowski, Wlodzimierz Borunski
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos
The Decalogue (TV Mini-Series 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.

Stars: Artur Barcis, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Olaf Lubaszenko
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder
Life Story (1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A communist party control committee interrogates a worker and party activist who is to be excluded from the party.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Filip Mosz
Malgorzata Zabkowska ...
Irka Mosz
Ewa Pokas ...
Anna Wlodarczyk
Stefan Czyzewski ...
Director
Jerzy Nowak ...
Stanislaw Osuch
Tadeusz Bradecki ...
Witek Jachowicz
Marek Litewka ...
Piotrek Krawczyk
Boguslaw Sobczuk ...
Kedzierski
Krzysztof Zanussi ...
Himself
Andrzej Jurga ...
Himself
Alicja Bienicewicz ...
Jaska
Tadeusz Rzepka ...
Wawrzyniec
Aleksandra Kisielewska ...
Hania, secretary
Wlodzimierz Maciudzinski ...
Stelmaszczyk
Roman Stankiewicz ...
Czeslaw
Edit

Storyline

Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first works but his focus on movie-making also leads to domestic strife and philosophical dilemmas. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 February 1980 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Camera Buff  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Witek Jachowicz: What are you filming?
Filip Mosz: Anything that moves.
See more »

Connections

References Kes (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Walc e-moll
by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Krystian Zimmermann
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Captivating story
17 May 2008 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I found this film enthralling and revealing about a man gradually discovering his purpose in life and the effect it has on those around him as well as the obstacles he now has to face. He must now face the political as he takes a stance on social issues in his life and his town. His naiveté is warming and it demonstrates what a great actor Stuhr is that the film chips away at this slowly as he awakens to the new realities of his life. From a man who had everything at the beginning he has now shattered his domestic life but gained something some would say far richer and more permanent for his soul, a purpose. One that helps him to 'understand what this shitty life is about'. The final shot brings the film full circle as we see a man in the grip of his obsession.


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The struggle for expression in a state led enviroment chinomoreno_deftones
What Film Is Filip Talking About? pjmharmon
Discuss Camera Buff (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?