Camera buff

DVD - 2004 | Polish
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Happily married and economically stable, Filip Mosz buys an 8mm film camera with the intention of filming his newborn child - and capturing the moment of attaining a lifelong dream. But when a powerful director of the town's local factory recruits him to film an important board meeting, Filip's fascination with the medium grows into a pssionate dedication. Now Filip has command of a larger film unit and networks to enrich his career. Filip eventually reaches an irreconcilable deadlock with his wife, friends and the director who previously supported his cinematic ambitions.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino on Video, [2004]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Camera buff


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Apr 30, 2017

The suffering of the artist (or myopic pigheadedness, or sociopolitical obligation depending on your viewpoint) is the focus of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s pre-Solidarity satire which skewers all notions of “official story”. Eager to document the arrival of his first child, Filip Mosz blows two months’ worth of paycheques on an 8mm movie camera. When word spreads of his new toy Filip’s boss is eager to use Mosz as a PR tool, filming happy employees at work and play. But the camera never lies—or rather the person behind the camera films what he wants—and as Filip’s work attracts the attention of social activists and artistes alike he finds the strain of “showing the truth” affecting both his public and private life. “You never know who you’ll help, or who you’ll harm…” says one of his friends who has just lost his job thanks to one of Mosz’s ill-informed five minute exposés, and it would appear truer words were never spoken. Light in tone but carrying a powerful sting, Kieslowski doesn’t condemn Filip’s newfound journalistic zeal—indeed the director himself made a career out of holding up a cinematic mirror to his audience—but there are at least two sides to every story and in the hands of an ardent amateur a camera can be as dangerous as a loaded gun especially when he begins to blur the lines between real-time life and composed images. A wry little gem that revels in its low budget appearance as well as star Jerzy Stuhr’s wonderfully hangdog expressions.


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