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2008 PFF LoGo


Camera Buff


1979, 117 minutes








Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski

Screenplay: Krzysztof Kieślowski

Cinematographer: Jacek Petrycki

Music: Krzysztof Knittel

Producer: Wielisława Piotrowska

Principal Cast: Jerzy Stuhr, Ewa Pokas, Malgorzata Ząbkowska, Stefan Czyżewski

This film asks difficult questions about truth, moral responsibility, censorship, and the ambiguities of making movies. In this political satire, Jerzy Stuhr plays Filip, a factory worker who, after the birth of his first child, buys an 8mm movie camera to record his daughter's first few years on film. Before long, Filip is obsessed with his new hobby, and he shoots footage of nearly everything he encounters. His zeal to record all that he sees soon runs him afoul of government officials who guard secrets they don't want revealed and of his wife who becomes fed up with his need to live life from behind the camera. Stuhr's Filip is a remarkable creation--a man who is at once inspiring, loving, and pathetic.


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