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Camera (2000)

While a veteran actor laments the state of film and film acting, a group of young children sneak a Panavision camera into the apartment where the actor resides and decide to make a film with it.

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David Cronenberg
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Cast

Cast overview:
Leslie Carlson ... The Actor
Marc Donato ... Child
Harrison Kane Harrison Kane ... Child
Stephanie Sams Stephanie Sams ... Child
Kyle Kass Kyle Kass ... Child (as Kyle Kassardjian)
Katie Lai Katie Lai ... Child
Natasha La Force Natasha La Force ... Child (as Natasha LaForce)
Daniel Magder ... Child
Chloe Randle-Reis Chloe Randle-Reis ... Child (as Chloe Reis)
Camille Shniffer Camille Shniffer ... Child
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While a veteran actor laments the state of film and film acting, a group of young children sneak a Panavision camera into the apartment where the actor resides and decide to make a film with it.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This short film is featured on the region-one 2-Disc Criterion Collection DVD of Videodrome (1983). See more »

Quotes

The Actor: When you record the moment, you record the death of the moment. Children and death are a bad combination.
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Alternate Versions

The entire film was shot in digital except for the final shot, which was filmed using the same Panavision camera featured in the movie. Director assumed that audiences would easily be able to tell the difference, but as it turns out, most of the people in the premiere audience didn't notice the switch. For subsequent screenings, Cronenberg added music to the shot to give it additional emphasis, although audiences still had trouble. See more »

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A Subtle Yet Brilliant Film From Cronenberg
10 March 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

While a veteran actor (Leslie Carlson) laments the state of film and film acting, a group of young children sneak a Panavision camera into the apartment where the actor resides and decide to make a film with it.

While I understand that the inspiration for this film comes from a childhood dream that Cronenberg had, I am not at all clear on why he apparently made it much later in life and threw it on as an extra for "Videodrome". But it is interesting to note that Cronenberg in 2000 is not the man he was in, say, 1980. He has increasingly moved away from experimental film and is today (2013) largely mainstream. This same film made in 1980 would have likely had a very different -- perhaps surgical -- feel to it.

What is the message (if there is one)? Hard to say. Clearly it is about youth, aging, death, and the world of film and photography. But how does the camera affect aging? The common belief seems to be that photos keep us young forever, but the man in this film says almost the exact opposite...


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