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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...
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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.
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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • UPC: 738329035525
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerzy Stuhr Filip Mosz
Jerzy Nowak Osuch
Boguslaw Sobczuk
Krzysztof Zanussi Himself
Tadeusz Bradecki Witek
Tadeusz Huk
Teresa Szmigielowna
Technical Credits
Krzysztof Kieslowski Director, Screenwriter
Krzysztof Knittel Score Composer
Halina Nawrocka Editor
Jacek Petrycki Cinematographer
Gabriela Star-Tyszkiewicz Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerzy Stuhr Screenwriter
Rafal Waltenberger Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Film
   Scene Selection
   Subtitle Options
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   Special Features
      Interview With Filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi
         Play Video
      Interview With Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland
         Play Video
      Interview With Kieslowski Scholar Annette Insdorf
         Play Video
      "Talking Heads" (B&W 1980, 16min) a Short Documentary
      Kieslowski Filmography
      Theatrical Trailer
      A Kieslowski Trailer Gallery
         A Short Film About Love
         A Short Film About Killing
         No End
         Blind Chance
         The Scar
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