The Cameraman

The Cameraman

Buster Keaton
Director: Edward Sedgwick Cast: Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
, Marceline Day
Marceline Day
, Harold Goodwin
Harold Goodwin
Edward Sedgwick

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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This is one of the last films from Buster Keaton's classic period, before the coming of sound and interference from MGM spoiled his work and softened his popularity. The Great Stone Face portrays Luke Shannon, a "tintype" portrait photographer who develops a serious crush on Sally (Marceline Day), a beautiful woman who works as a secretary for MGM's newsreel department. Luke's primary rival for Sally's affections is a cameraman for the company, so Luke decides to sign to the newsreel department in hopes of impressing her. However, his hand with a movie camera is not especially sure at first; he mistakenly double exposes a reel of film that results in battleships sailing down Broadway, while his attempts to get footage of a Tong battle seem more successful until an organ grinder's monkey runs off with his film. Luke gets the axe before long, but he's not about to give up, and he tries to find another way to impress his lady love. This was Keaton's first film under a new contract with MGM, and director Edward Sedgwick for the most part allowed Keaton to stick to the creative formula of his best work. However, that would soon change, and many Keaton aficionados consider The Cameraman to be his last truly important work.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2020
UPC: 0715515247313
Original Release: 1928
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent]
Time: 1:09:00
Sales rank: 11,899

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration; Score composed and conducted by Timothy Brock and performed by the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologno and I Virtuosi Italiani in 2020, presented in uncompressed stereo; Audio Commentary from 2004 featuring Glenn Mitchell, author of A-Z of Silent Film Comedy; New 2k restoration of Buster Keaton's Spite Marriage (1929), with a 2004 Audio Commentary by film historians John Bengston and Jeffrey Vance; Time Travelers, a new documentary by Daniel Raim featuring interviews with Bengston and film historian Marc Wanamaker; So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM, A 2004 documentary by film historian Kevin Brownlow and filmmaker Christopher Bird; The Motion Picture Camera, a 1979 documentary; New interview with James L. Neibaur, author of The Fall of Buster Keaton; Plus: An essay by film critic Imogen Sara Smith and a chapter from Keaton's 1960 autobiography, cowritten with Charles Samuels

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Buster Keaton Luke Shannon
Marceline Day Sally Richards
Harold Goodwin Harold Stagg
Sidney Bracey Editor
Harry Gribbon Officer Hennessey
William Irving A Photographer
Dick Alexander The Big Sea Lion
Edward S. Brophy Man in Dressing Room
Vernon Dent Man in Tight Bathing Suit
Ray Cooke Office Worker

Technical Credits
Edward Sedgwick Director
Clyde Bruckman Original Story
David Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Reggie Lanning Cinematographer
Elgin Lessley Cinematographer
Lew Lipton Original Story
Richard Schayer Screenwriter
Basil Wrangell Editor
Hugh Wynn Editor

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