You'll laugh yourself completely out of focus!
A photographer takes up newsreel shooting to impress a secretary.
A photographer takes up newsreel shooting to impress a secretary.
Der Kameramann, Han som drar veven, O Homem da Manivela, Le cameraman, Buster der Filmreporte, Il cameraman, A filmoperatör, O cameraman, Czlowiek z kamera
I didn't know Nightcrawler was a remake. Jesus, they got Keaton's character all wrong
What a stressful week this has been!! (and it's only Tuesday)
Thank goodness, the world has Buster Keaton! 😍🥵 I could bask for hours under his intense gaze, forever fascinated with his iconic facial inexpressiveness and naturally muted responses to the exaggerated situations that is the plot of his movies. The Cameraman is light, fun, and an unexpected ode to the nature of filmmaking.
Excited to watch more of Keaton’s filmography!!
"You must always grind forward, never backward."
Often regarded as Buster Keaton's last great film, The Cameraman was the first of nine films Keaton made for MGM in what would soon become a troubled relationship. Keaton had spent the prior decade in an independent production partnership with Joseph Schenck and thus enjoyed uncurbed creative control. Under this arrangement Keaton made nearly all of the material on which his legendary reputation rests, but it came to an abrupt halt when Schenck joined United Artists following the commercial failure of Keaton's masterful Steamboat Bill, Jr. At the advice of Schenck, Keaton reluctantly signed with MGM at a lucrative rate and with provisional artistic independence. Following creative differences with honcho Irving Thalberg on…
Criterion Challenge 2021
9 - A Silent Film
Keaton's stoic demeanor and committed comedic timing, paired with outrageously clever and daring physical stunts, demonstrates a dedication to the spectacle of cinema. There is less depth of character in comparison to Chaplin's legendary Tramp, but Keaton immediately earns sympathy by emanating a profoundly pathetic demeanor, and then steadily earns respect for his determination and venerable decency. The film exudes a pure anarchistic glee throughout that slowly but surely builds upon itself until it finally explodes in an incredible scene involving a movie camera, Keaton, and the cutest little monkey amidst a full-fledged Chinese gang war that I have to imagine is one of the most ambitious gags ever attempted.
Buster is a lowly photographer who decides to take up newsreel shooting to impress Sally, the newsroom’s secretary.
Best Gag: The Cameraman, like The General (though a little less so), is one of Keaton’s more narratively linear/cohesive efforts, and that fact, I think, contributes a lot to its iconic status amidst his filmography. It also has one of the better love interests, with more screen time than most of his features devote to their women, and some interesting experimental camera techniques (guess this is the picture for that). But I don’t think it’s one of his funnier movies. The best gags happen when, just like fellow silent comedian Harold Lloyd did one year before the release of The Cameraman in…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Potentially the greatest ending to any Buster Keaton film I have seen so far. Incidentally also one of the funniest camera-pull-back-reveal-gags; If you don't jump out of your seat full of joy once you see that monkey doing what he's doing, there is something wrong with you.
Other memorable gags include: changing-room shenanigans, stealing a woman's undergarment, glass shattering running gag and the funniest chinatown war you'll ever see.
Obviously HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
“Keaton was beyond all praise... a very great artist, and one of the most brilliant men I ever saw on the screen. He was also a superb director. In the last analysis, nobody came near him. Keaton, one of the giants!”
— Orson Welles
As always, I’m in awe with this miracle of a human being. Criterion’s recent 4K restoration of The Cameraman or Buster with a Movie Camera is truly something to behold, ninety year-old, crisp images flowing flawlessly with its accompanying remastered score. Romance pulses from this one, and like all essential Keaton films it’s flat-out hilarious, the physical timing making it totally universal. Any language, any age, if you’ve never seen a Buster Keaton film now would…
Often cited as the last film Keaton had full creative control over, a point of trivia that serves as a neat meta reflection on the film itself. This is Keaton’s first MGM film and the beginning of studio interference that would, in time, overwhelm. The story here reflects the innocence of this move while also, perhaps inadvertently, illustrating fears.
At its heart, this is a film about somebody wanting to make their own films on their own terms for their own audience. It is about a need to shoot, a want to experiment and the lengths our character goes to also reflect back on Keaton’s ever committed attitude. The stunts here are well threaded into the narrative, contextualised in a…
1928's The Cameraman, unfortunately, marked the beginning of the end for Buster Keaton. He plays a portrait photographer who decides to change from photography to moving images to get the attention of Sally Richards (Marceline Day), a secretary working at the news service for MGM Newsreels.
There's a looseness about the film as it follows a series of mishaps that occur as he attempts to get a job as one of MGM's cameramen, repeatedly attempting and being thwarted in trying to prove to Sally and himself that he's got what it takes to make it. It was the first film under a new contract with MGM, following a string of incredible films created in an atmosphere of complete freedom. The…
This will make entry number four in a month-long NYC film fest with my boyfriend to combat our collective depression at not being able to enjoy our much-anticipated annual September trip to the Big Apple.
Buster Keaton endearingly attempts to impress the object of his amorous desires by way of indefatigable professional development in this rousing romantic comedy. Keaton trades in his “cocktail shaker” tintype camera and invests his entire worth in a functional if not antique motion picture camera to win the favor of an encouraging but highly-courted newsreel secretary, Sally (Marceline Day).
His crude technical and artistic skills rapidly bloom like earnest weeds, though his potential employer and fellow camera operators ridicule his avante-garde, kaleidoscopic representations of New…
It’s so nice to see Buster Keaton (top ten short kings of cinema) finally be added to the Criterion Channel. The Cameraman fits in perfectly to the collection, and the 4K restoration is incredible.
A monkey, a Chinatown shoot out, and a daring rescue at sea. Everything I could ask for in a romance.
Charming, but this story could've been told in half the runtime
When he looks straight into the camera while holding his cheek... Do you ever pause a movie so you can cry???
Continuing my rewatch from the other night.
Josephine the monkey cradling Keaton's face at every opportunity?
I am the monkey. The monkey is me.
que grande nightcrawler
His race down the stairs and into the basement fucking kills me
(Criterion Collection Blu-ray)
When Buster takes the footage he has shot to the MGM news office, they laugh him out the door, and it's tempting to view the scene as an in-joke on Keaton's part: this was his first movie under contract to MGM ('the worst decision of my career') and the point where he started losing control over his work. MGM prided itself on having 'more stars than there are in heaven', but they were told exactly how and when to twinkle. As far as Keaton was concerned, they were interested in his skills as a performer, reasoning that all his real talent lay in front of the camera. What dunderheads they were. From 1923 to 1928 he had been perhaps the…
David Lynch got the Monkey Jack idea from this.
god i love this movie one day i’ll go into an in depth analysis on why i do
Just a smidge of a rewatch before bed.
Funny how now I can see the constraints placed upon Keaton in this one, especially in the first section. There's way too much freaking dialogue ... in a silent!
But christ, that baseball bit is just mesmerising.
pretty damn good, I woulda given it a higher rating because of that hard cut to that face down dead monkey, but then he survived and became Buster Keaton’s sidekick and then it just became preposterous
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