Camera Buff (Amator)

Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski. 1979, 112 mins. DCP. Jerzy Stuhr, Malgorzata Zabkowska, Ewa Pokas, Stefan Czyzewski, Jerzy Nowak. A benchmark of 1970s European cinema and a personal examination of the nature of filmmaking, Camera Buff launched Kieslowski's international reputation. A devoted family man buys an 8mm movie camera to record his baby’s first years, then starts to film subjects beyond the home. He is enthusiastically appointed the official chronicler of his factory's fifth anniversary, and is soon winning prizes at amateur contests, capturing true reality rather than Party-line spin. With characteristic subtlety Kieslowski traces the transformation of a shy and private man into a conscientious artist stymied by the limits of freedom.

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