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The Cameraman

The Cameraman
The Cameraman

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76 minutes


Action and Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Silent


English (English subtitles)


Known as one of the great comedians of the silent era, Buster Keaton co-directed and starred in a string of films that revolutionised cinema throughout his career. The Cameraman is one of his most well-regarded, following a young man desperate to impress Sally, the girl of his dreams who happens to work as a receptionist at MGM film studios. Spending all his money on a rickety old camera, Buster struggles to adapt to his new profession but Sally encourages him nonetheless, despite a series of amateur mistakes. When a gang war breaks out in Chinatown, Buster rushes to the scene to capture the action but finds himself way out of his depth. Will he be able to finally get the footage he wants and, more importantly, will he survive? This classic silent comedy is a hugely entertaining example of the medium, offering students a glimpse into film history and the origins of so many of their favourite contemporary films.

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