After becoming infatuated with a pretty office worker for MGM Newsreels, Buster trades in his tintype operation for a movie camera and sets out to impress the girl (and MGM) with his work.Written by
He gets into more darn trouble than you can shake a tripod at, from filming bathing beauties to getting caught in a Chinatown tong war. (Print Ad-Dodge City Daily Globe,((Dodge City Kans.)) 2 January 1929) See more »
In the 1950s and 1960s Buster Keaton claimed that MGM had assigned 22 studio screenwriters and script doctors to work on the script before and during production. On his previous films, only three or four gag writers were the norm. MGM countered that only five writers had worked on the film. See more »
Right before the last time the glass in the door is broken (when the wind shuts it abruptly), it is possible to see that it's already cracked to ensure that it will break when the door slams. See more »
Buster's "Annie Hall." A charming, fun romantic comedy.
Its sight gags may not be as funny, complex and clever as in Buster's independent films (The General, Sherlock Jr, Steamboat Bill Jr and others), but The Cameraman has probably the best romance of all his films, and is certainly one of the best directed. It has some wonderful sequences in it: the giant crane shot up and down the side of a gigantic stairway setpiece, contains probably the most impressive piece of direction. Buster's face was at its handsomest here, just before his excesses of the 30's. The version i saw had a fittingly gorgeous romantic score, which didn't hurt. Overall, The Cameraman is one of Buster's most charming, enjoyable films. And now one of my favourites.
If you've never seen a silent movie, i'd recommend this as a great place to start. Its such a welcoming, likeable movie. Visual humour does get much funnier than this - but the main source of joy in Keaton movies is Buster's irrepressibly likeable little character, here at his most likeable.
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