Camera Buff
Camera Buff (1980)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 3, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Much of the film means to be uproariously emotional, but the events we see seldom justify all the overwrought reactions.

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Fernando F. Croce

Kieslowski lays the foundation of robust realism and takes off in a search for transcendence

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Suffused with Kieslowski's dry wit and intelligence, this early feature provides an excellent introduction to his work.

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TV Guide

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a political spoof on the limits of the artist's role in Communist Poland.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Dan Jardine

Clearly a bit of navel-gazing on Kieslowski's behalf; in fact, the film is self-deferential to an almost painful degree

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
What a fantastic film about the artist's journey and the desire for something more than mere "tranquility." While this is my first Kieslowski… More
Eric Broome
First, a warning: "Camera Buff" has nowhere near the stylized atmosphere of later Krzysztof Kieslowski films such as "Red," "Blue"… More
Ken Stachnik
Remarkably insightful film by Kieslowski on film making, family and the affect art has on the world.
Dimitris Springer
Kieslowski's testament as an amateur film-maker.The movie shows that,not the movie as a whole.The movie within a movie is a brilliant characteristic… More
Luke Baldock
Kieslowski's wonderful look at the responsibilities of the filmmaker. It focuses on how a simple hobby becomes an obsession. The performances and… More
Wu Chouin
A man buys a 8mm camera and his obsession with filmmaking changes his life.