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Camera Buff (1979)

Amator (original title)
Filip buys an eight-millimetre 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... See full summary »

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Krzysztof Kieslowski (scenario), Krzysztof Kieslowski (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerzy Stuhr ... Filip Mosz
Malgorzata Zabkowska Malgorzata Zabkowska ... Irka Mosz
Ewa Pokas Ewa Pokas ... Anna Wlodarczyk
Stefan Czyzewski Stefan Czyzewski ... Director
Jerzy Nowak ... Stanislaw Osuch
Tadeusz Bradecki ... Witek Jachowicz
Marek Litewka Marek Litewka ... Piotrek Krawczyk
Boguslaw Sobczuk ... Kedzierski
Krzysztof Zanussi ... Himself
Andrzej Jurga Andrzej Jurga ... Himself
Alicja Bienicewicz Alicja Bienicewicz ... Jaska
Tadeusz Rzepka Tadeusz Rzepka ... Wawrzyniec
Aleksandra Kisielewska Aleksandra Kisielewska ... Hania, secretary
Wlodzimierz Maciudzinski Wlodzimierz Maciudzinski ... Stelmaszczyk
Roman Stankiewicz Roman Stankiewicz ... Czeslaw
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Storyline

Filip buys an eight-millimetre 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

14 February 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Witek Jachowicz: What are you filming?
Filip Mosz: Anything that moves.
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Connections

Features Camouflage (1977) See more »

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Walc e-moll
by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Krystian Zimmermann
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Existential
29 May 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

This Kieslowski drama, made prior to his great fame in the West, is the initially comic story of a man whose unfortunate acquisition of a movie camera makes him an observer, rather than a participant, in his own life. So begins his downward spiral into personal tragedy. Kafka stories are also amusing at the beginning.

The great Polish actor Jerzy Stuhr plays the man.

To me, the emblematic final shot of this film rivals that of Truffaut's "Les quatre cents coups".


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