After becoming infatuated with a pretty office worker for MGM Newsreels, Buster trades in his tintype operation for a movie camera and sets out to impress the girl (and MGM) with his work.Written by
The Cameraman bookends its story with actual newsreel footage of two major celebrity events in New York. At the ticker-tape parade in the film's final scene, history-minded viewers will recognize aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic. Far less remembered by modern audiences is the young woman holding the bouquet in the film's first scene. She is Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel, which made her a sensation in the US. She stands beside New York's dapper mayor Jimmy Walker at City Hall in 1926. Lindberg's reception was in 1927. See more »
When the glass in the office door is broken because of the wind, the remaining pieces are different in the shot from inside the office and the next shot from out in the hallway. See more »
Buster's "Annie Hall." A charming, fun romantic comedy.
Its sight gags may not be as funny, complex and clever as in Buster's independent films (The General, Sherlock Jr, Steamboat Bill Jr and others), but The Cameraman has probably the best romance of all his films, and is certainly one of the best directed. It has some wonderful sequences in it: the giant crane shot up and down the side of a gigantic stairway setpiece, contains probably the most impressive piece of direction. Buster's face was at its handsomest here, just before his excesses of the 30's. The version i saw had a fittingly gorgeous romantic score, which didn't hurt. Overall, The Cameraman is one of Buster's most charming, enjoyable films. And now one of my favourites.
If you've never seen a silent movie, i'd recommend this as a great place to start. Its such a welcoming, likeable movie. Visual humour does get much funnier than this - but the main source of joy in Keaton movies is Buster's irrepressibly likeable little character, here at his most likeable.
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