(aka 'Camera Buff')

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Poland 1979

 

  "Suffused with Kieslowski's dry wit and intelligence," (Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader), Camera Buff (1979) is Krzysztof Kieslowski's tragi-comic meditation on filmmaking. Self-reflexive by nature, this fictional film about a documentary filmmaker is commonly referred to as a watershed in Kieslowski's transition from documentary to fiction filmmaking. "I'm frightened of real tears," Kieslowski once said. "In fact, I don't even know if I have the right to photograph them." (Kieslowski on Kieslowski)

This ethical question becomes becomes central in the life of Filip Mosz (Jerzy Stuhr – Kieslowski’s Tri-Colors: White), the main character in Camera Buff. Happily married and economically stable, the film’s humble hero buys an 8mm film camera with the intention of filming his newborn child--and capturing the moment of attainment of a lifelong dream. But when a powerhouse director of the town’s local factory recruits him to film an important board meeting, Filip's fascination with the medium grows into passionate dedication. At the command of a larger film unit and networking to enrich his career, Filip eventually reaches an irreconcilable deadlock with his wife, friends and the director who previously supported his cinematic ambitions.

Camera Buff mirrors Kieslowski's complex relationship with "reality" and its possible representations. Through Filip's often comic need to capture "life as it is," Kieslowski denounces the myth of objectivity at the base of Cinéma Vérité. More than implying that there is no engagement with reality that can leave it untouched, Kieslowski suggests that the very act of seeing is in itself a moment of creation.

Theatrical Release: August 1979 - Moscow Film Festival

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DVD Review: Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC

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Collection Boxset: Also available in the The Krzysztof Kieslowski Collection including: A Short Film About Love / Blind Chance / Camera Buff / No End / The Scar  / A Short Film About Killing !

    

    

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The Rest of the Kino Boxset:

Distribution Kino Video  - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:47:36 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Polish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi (17:42)
• Interview with Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (5:08)
• Interview with Kieslowski Scholar Annette Insdorf (13:06)
• "Talking Heads" (B&W, 1980, 16 min) A short documentary by Krzysztof Kieslowski In Polish with English subtitles (14:29)
• Kieslowski Filmography (text)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:57)
• Kieslowski Trailer Gallery (5 Trailers - No End, Blind Chance, Camera Buff, A Short Film About Love, A Short Film About Killing)

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2004, Boxset came out: August 16th, 2005

Keep Case in single edition, Slim Keep case inside cardboard box
Chapters: 16

 

 

Comments:

Although non-progressive there is very minimal combing visible. Other than that the DVD image is quite good, in the correct aspect ratio (1.33), quite sharp, clean of atrifacts, no major damage, good removable subtitles, original audio and some fabulous extra features including interviews with Zanussi, Holland and Insdorf. The short "Talking Heads" by Kieslowski is a great find.

I suspect that this entire package has been ported from the existing French MK2 (non English subtitled) releases which Kino does quite frequently (they probably have some arrangement), including the extras - but Kino have thankfully added optional English subtitles. I found no visible proof that they were taken directly from PAL masters although there is evidence now that they are. Initially I thought this was quite expensive, but for what you get supplement-wise, it is quite understandable... and if purchased in the Collection Boxset you can see a substantial savings. This is an absolute must-have DVD package and we give it a very high recommendation!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Collection Boxset: Also available in the The Krzysztof Kieslowski Collection including: A Short Film About Love / Blind Chance / Camera Buff / No End / The Scar  / A Short Film About Killing !

    

    

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Distribution Kino Video Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC




 

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