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The Cameraman's Revenge (1912)

Mest kinematograficheskogo operatora (original title)
Mr Beetle seeks companionship from a statuesque dragonfly dancer, unaware that her ex-boyfriend, a slender grasshopper and an industrious cameraman, watches their every move. Will Mrs Beetle forgive him? Will he get away with adultery?




A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema. This was one of Starewicz' first animated films, and stars very realistic animated beetles. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Dead bugs were used as the puppets seen in this film. See more »


When the movie is shown in the theater, the camera angle is the one where we saw the scene from, but not the one where the grasshopper filmed the scene from. See more »


Featured in Animated Century (2003) See more »

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The Cameraman's Revenge is unusual because of bugs!
29 August 2006 | by tavmSee all my reviews

The Cameraman's Revenge is an unusual short not because of the subject matter (adultery) or because it's animated (Winsor McCay had introduced Little Nemo on film by this time) but because it depicts bugs to tell the story! Ladislaw Starewicz had originally wanted to film actual bugs fighting but couldn't get them to do it on camera because of the hot lights they suffered through so he took dead ones and started using stop-motion techniques to manipulate movements to his satisfaction. This short does a good job of putting human characteristics on little creatures such as riding motorcycles, painting, filming, kissing, and dancing. Starewicz would also make Frogland (1922) and The Mascot (1933) but his first notable work would be this one. If you're interested in this and the other shorts mentioned, check your local library to borrow the DVD The Cameraman't Revenge and Other Fantastic Tales from Image Entertainment.

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Release Date:

27 October 1912 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Revenge of a Kinematograph Cameraman See more »

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Khanzhonkov See more »
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1.33 : 1
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