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Camera (III) (2000)

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While a veteran actor laments the state of film and film acting, a group of young children sneak a Panavision camera into the apartment where the actor resides and decide to make a film with it.


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Cast overview:
Leslie Carlson ...
The Actor
Harrison Kane ...
Stephanie Sams ...
Kyle Kass ...
Child (as Kyle Kassardjian)
Katie Lai ...
Natasha La Force ...
Child (as Natasha LaForce)
Chloe Randle-Reis ...
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Camille Shniffer ...


While a veteran actor laments the state of film and film acting, a group of young children sneak a Panavision camera into the apartment where the actor resides and decide to make a film with it.

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This short film is featured on the region-one 2-Disc Criterion Collection DVD of Videodrome (1983). See more »


The Actor: When you record the moment, you record the death of the moment. Children and death are a bad combination.
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Edited into Short6 (2001) See more »

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5 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An old man sits in his home and tells how his group of children found an old camera and brought it home with them. He dreads the action of the camera but prepares himself to be filmed by it with an air of inevitability.

As I watched this I found it quite difficult to get into and struggled to understand what was going on. As I watched this I found this to be a weakness however afterwards I realised that it's strength is that it forces you to analyse it after you have finished watching it as you search for understanding. The film is essentially driven by a good performance by the man who practically gives a one man show (asides from the children). His fears over the effect of film are voiced well albeit without an abundance of explanation or clarity.

I don't know why the subject interested Cronenberg but he has made an interesting short regardless. The idea of film capturing the moment has always been a good thing to me – I never thought that it might be hard to know that the moment it captured is now gone forever and is not just another second of your life – it is more a finished chapter. Of course I may be just chattering here because I am still not 100% sure what it was getting at – but that is the reason I enjoyed it.

At times the direction seems a little clichéd, mostly notably when the old man is shot with a very close focus on his lower face, however this was only the odd shot. For the most part it is a clever mix of shots, all of which are held together by a well written and well delivered narrative.

Far from his most interesting work but this is still worth seeing as it is quite thought provoking and interesting. The downside for me was that, although thought provoking – I am still leave without good answers as to what it was actually getting at beyond my own interpretation.

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