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Camera Buff
     

Camera Buff

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Cast: Jerzy Stuhr, Jerzy Nowak

 
A man with a home-movie camera is drawn into a more ambitious film career that feeds his ego but nearly destroys his life in Krzysztof Kieslowski powerful drama, which gets a well-appointed North American DVD release from Kino Video. Amator (aka Camera Buff) has been given a full-screen transfer in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has

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A man with a home-movie camera is drawn into a more ambitious film career that feeds his ego but nearly destroys his life in Krzysztof Kieslowski powerful drama, which gets a well-appointed North American DVD release from Kino Video. Amator (aka Camera Buff) has been given a full-screen transfer in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in Polish, with optional English subtitles. Bonus materials include a rare short film from Kieslowski, Talking Heads; new interviews with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, Kieslowski expert Annette Insdorf, and filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi; a filmography for Kieslowski; and a collection of trailers for his films.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
The breakthrough film of the great Polish director Krzystof Kieslowski, Amator is a dryly ironic meditation on the fascination of filmmaking with a particular power to disrupt and transform the lives of all whom it touches. The film concerns a young Polish factory worker (Jerzy Stuhr), who, after buying an 8 mm camera to record the birth of his child, begins photographing every aspect of his family life until he is eventually offered a job shooting film of his workplace. It's not long before his amateur work is winning prizes and changing his life in unexpected ways. Kieslowski wants not only to satirize the chains on speech and behavior that existed in the then-totalitarian country, but to suggest the personal damage that can arise from a fascination with the power of the lens and explore some of the ethical questions that the filmmaking process raises. As serious as this may sound, this is probably the funniest of the director's films, permeated, as it is, by his dark sense of humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
UPC:
0738329035525
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Interview with filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi; Interview with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland; Interview with Kieslowski scholar Annette Insdorf; "Talking Heads" documentary by Kieslowski in Polish with English subtitles; Kieslowski filmography; Theatrical trailer; A Kieslowski trailer gallery; Optional English subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Opening Titles [4:36]
3. His New Toy [7:15]
4. A Swell of Interest [5:04]
5. Jubilee [4:41]
6. Domestic Disturbance [4:14]
7. Cineastes [10:45]
8. The Festival Circuit [11:59]
9. The Business of Film [6:20]
10. Immortality [4:32]
11. Zanussi [5:08]
12. Greater Ambition [13:20]
13. Big TV [5:09]
14. New Beginnings [5:52]
15. The Premiere [6:06]
16. Honesty and Truth [3:41]
17. A Matter of Conscience [8:43]

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