Camera Buff
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In this political satire from Poland, 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 happily obsessed with his new hobby, and he graduates from simply capturing his daughter's activities to photographing practically everything around him. His movie mania attracts the attentions of his boss, who gives him a new task: making films that will give outsiders a clearer picture of how things work at their factory. However, Filip's ceaseless photography… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Much of the film means to be uproariously emotional, but the events we see seldom justify all the overwrought reactions."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Kieslowski lays the foundation of robust realism and takes off in a search for transcendence"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"As one character puts it, "filmmakers are service providers," and despite the unromantic tone of such a designation, this seems to be very near to Kieslowski's own view."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Suffused with Kieslowski's dry wit and intelligence, this early feature provides an excellent introduction to his work."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A modest metaphorical examination of the problems and pressures suffered by artists in semi-authoritarian societies, the picture won the grand prize at the 1977 Moscow Film Festival."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is a political spoof on the limits of the artist's role in Communist Poland."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While Camera Buff lacks some of the artistry evident in the director's later projects, it's worth seeing not only as an example of Kieslowski's early work, but as an important film in its own right."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Clearly a bit of navel-gazing on Kieslowski's behalf; in fact, the film is self-deferential to an almost painful degree"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
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