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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 »

Also Known As:

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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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by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Krystian Zimmermann
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very quirky and interesting film
14 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I really liked this film because it dared to be different and it was an excellent study of psychology. This movie was about a Polish man who scraped together his money in order to by an 8mm camera to film his new baby. However, shortly after getting the camera and beginning filming his wife and child, he gets really hooked on making his little films--and seems to film almost everything around him. At first, it's fun, but then it becomes an obsession. In the process, instead of LIVING and EXPERIENCING life with his little family, he is filming them in a very detached way. However, he is so into the filming that he hardly recognizes his wife's growing anger over that ^&@#*^@! camera! Then, when his boss sees him filming and asks him to make a film for the company, his problem grows by leaps and bounds. He seems to see himself as the next great documentary maker and begins to enter competitions and send his films to the television network. To his wife's chagrin, he receives positive reviews and by this point she's lost him--they have no real life together. Where the film goes from there I will leave for you to watch. It is a fascinating psychological study of a man and his obsession--as well as the impact this ultimately has on others around him. An excellent film.


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