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Filip buys an 8mm 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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerzy Stuhr ...
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
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Filip buys an 8mm 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>

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Life through a lens
20 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think there are only two truly great films about film making. One is Fellini's "eight and a half" and the other is this. We witness the transformation of a man from factory worker into artist. All achieved through the use of his camera and more specifically, the things he sees through the camera's lens. Kieslowski is clearly telling a story close to his heart here and shows the audience both the joy and freedom art can bring but also more tellingly, the obsession that can overtake ones life.

The performances are great and the film, in my opinion, is given further impact due to the political undertones that are unavoidable.

Kieslowski even seems to be condoning censorship by pointing out that when it occurs, it forces film makers to find ways around it and produce superior work as a consequence.

Not a perfect film by far but a film that points the way to a career that would continue to rise


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