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I Am a Camera (1955)

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In Weimar-era Berlin, an aspiring writer strikes up a friendship with a vivacious, penniless singer.

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Henry Cornelius

Writers:

John Van Druten (from the play "I am a Camera"), Christopher Isherwood (based on the stories of) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Harris ... Sally Bowles
Laurence Harvey ... Christopher Isherwood
Shelley Winters ... Natalia Landauer
Ron Randell ... Clive
Lea Seidl Lea Seidl ... Fräulein Schneider
Anton Diffring ... Fritz Wendel
Ina De La Haye ... Herr Landauer
Jean Gargoet Jean Gargoet ... Pierre
Stanley Maxted Stanley Maxted ... Curtis B. Ryland, Editor
Alexis Bobrinskoy Alexis Bobrinskoy ... Proprietor (Troika)
André Mikhelson André Mikhelson ... Head Waiter (Troika)
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Doctor
Tutte Lemkow ... Electro-Therapist
Patrick McGoohan ... Swedish Water Therapist
Julia Arnall ... Model
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In Weimar-era Berlin, an aspiring writer strikes up a friendship with a vivacious, penniless singer.

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based on play | based on book | See All (2) »

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There are two points of view about SEX and " I Am a Camera" takes both of them! See more »

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Trivia

The play by John Van Druten got the famous 3 line criticism by theatre critic Walter Kerr, " Me No Leica". See more »

Goofs

Whilst most of the film is a flashback set in the early 1930s, all the costumes and hairstyles worn are straight out of the early 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Christopher Isherwood: [to Sally] Any mess you get into, you try and get out of by using your extremely inadequate sex appeal.
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Crazy Credits

In opening credits, Shelley Winters is misspelled "Shelly". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chris & Don. A Love Story (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich hab' noch einen Koffer in Berlin
Music by Ralph Maria Siegel
Lyrics by Aldo von Pinelli
Sung by Marlene Dietrich and Liselotte Malkowsky
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Amazing how an Obsessive Compulsion can Broaden your Horizons!!
29 December 2005 | by Moor-LarkinSee all my reviews

I only watched this film because I was determined to spot Patrick McGoohan in an early film role. I watched Laurence Harvey as the aimless, charming character he plays, thinking of his breakthrough role as the surly grasping man at the top. Good old Anton Diffring flashing his gnashers in all their gap-toothed glory. Shelley Winters as an innocent rather than a Vamp. It was all jolly good stuff. I kept wondering where I'd seen the Sally Bowles character before.

My McGoohan moment came and went, he went through a gamut of emotion, exercising his foreign accent in his entrance, quite keen, then looking thoroughly bemused as his part became slapstick, not to say fed up by the last you saw of him. I almost packed the film up at that point, but decided I might as well see the end. It had become a little surreal by then so I was curious to see how they would wrap it up.

In what I would guess would have been the theatrical Third Act, it all became clear. The affable nonsense of the earlier scenes was all thrown into focus by the stark, grim realisation that evil was about to take over the world. The characters each found their own ways to escape or avoid it and I was pleased for all of them. It was in these final scenes that it suddenly dawned on me who Sally Bowles was. She was the timid, tragic victim in one of my favourite ever films: 'The Haunting'. The actress I was always confusing in my mind with Deborah Kerr, as a fragile feminine beauty.

Some readers may now be remarking 'What a dork! It says Julie Harris on the cover!' But I didn't remember this person as Julie Harris. The name meant nothing. I remembered her as poor Eleanor and Eleanor has haunted me for years. I prefer to believe that, rather than me being an unobservant dork, it is a tribute to the talent of Ms Harris that for most of this movie I simply didn't recognise her.

Anyhow, the point is that, but for my compulsion to watch a movie just to see an early bit-part of one favourite, I would never have seen a starring role of another. I find a certain peace in the discovery.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Une fille comme ça See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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