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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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
After having bought a 8-millimeter video camera to start filming his newly born daughter's growth, Filip quickly becomes passionate about it, and is asked by his boss at work to film a celebration held by their company. This encourages Filip to continue with his new hobby, creating however considerable tension between himself and his wife, and facing stricter and stricter limitations by his boss, who at this point symbolizes Poland's ruthless censorship of that time. The magic of Krzysztof Kieslowski's debut film resides in being able to whisper its various meanings with great subtly, without taking away the enjoyment of the story: a film that demands an artist's right to express his own art freely, criticizing the Communist censorship methods that were being imposed at the time the film was made. But there is also a sincere and wonderful hymn to cinema, to its unquestionable power and ability to manipulate the ideas and feelings of any given person. A little too bleak at times in terms of atmosphere: it occasionally buries some of the actor's performances, despite Jerzy Stuhr excellent work as the protagonist.
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