The Cameraman
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This is one of the last films from Buster Keaton's classic period, before the coming of sound and interference from MGM spoiled his work and softened his popularity. The Great Stone Face portrays Luke Shannon, a "tintype" portrait photographer who develops a serious crush on Sally (Marceline Day), a beautiful woman who works as a secretary for MGM's newsreel department. Luke's primary rival for Sally's affections is a cameraman for the company, so Luke decides to sign to the newsreel department in hopes of impressing her. However, his hand with a movie camera is not… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Studio interference damaged the film but could not destroy it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of Keaton's most impressively self-reflective films and an ode to the unexpected and elusive lightening-in-a-bottle nature of filmmaking."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Keaton's feature is easily the best work he did within the studio structure"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Keaton's last great comedy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...the old Keaton magic could not be entirely dampened by the studio's dictums, and The Cameraman includes a number of very funny bits."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The Cameraman gave Buster one of his best roles and he filled it with one of his most touching and fleshed-out performances, using mostly his intense eyes."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Buster's last definitive feature, despite studio meddling."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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