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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 »


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


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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14 February 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Witek Jachowicz: What are you filming?
Filip Mosz: Anything that moves.
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References Love (1971) See more »


Staropolskim obyczajem
Lyrics by J. Odrowaz
Music by A. Skorupka & W. Kruszynski
Performed by Zofia & Zbigniew Framer with band
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A Model of the Man as a Young Artist
21 May 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

A Model of the Man as a Young Artist

One of the best things in the world is to take someone you love deeply and trace them back in their histories, back back before you knew them. Back until you see all the butterflies that nudged each other to produce what you need and feed.

And before the shape was mature. Yes, then you can see the structure, the limbs before they flowered and even surprise yourself a bit.

I'm in love with Kieslowski. Oh he isn't my favorite filmmaker, and not the one I spend time with when I need to learn and grow. But he is someone to have tea with, a friend who has his own way of fluffing air with apparent lovely slight fogs but when you encounter them you find them informed, nourishing, psychotropic. More than lovely. "Heaven," though not all his, is something I wish on every soul and every vehicle he had driven until then carried him there.

This is Kielsowski's first feature. It was before he entered into that odd writing partnership where some external force (Piesiewicz) created some sort of conventional frame on which our artistlover could drape his folds, lace and knives. Before that clever partnership that hid the mechanics.

Here you can see his favored machine, the simple fold: a movie about movie-making and love, and all the related dimensions he knew at the time: intellectual, death, rutting, wistfulness, justice. Passions all. Urges all. At the end, it loops upon itself, the ladder complete to start again at the beginning of the next.

It isn't particularly profound or satisfying by itself. But if you are a lucid mind today, chances are you think about narrative flows and how you and the world use them to wind around and buffet each other. And almost certainly you have had tea with Kieslowski.

If so, you'll find this model of his younger self will tell you something about yourself in an odd, indirectly magical way. If you do, check out the trigger for passion here: Chopin.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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