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The Cameraman

The Cameraman (1928)


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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


Comedy, Romance

Feb 20, 1991

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

Studio interference damaged the film but could not destroy it.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Keaton's last great comedy.

February 3, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

February 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

One of Keaton's most impressively self-reflective films and an ode to the unexpected and elusive lightening-in-a-bottle nature of filmmaking.

December 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

...the old Keaton magic could not be entirely dampened by the studio's dictums, and The Cameraman includes a number of very funny bits.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Buster's last definitive feature, despite studio meddling.

August 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Keaton's feature is easily the best work he did within the studio structure

December 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Cameraman

My first Buster movie! And I really liked it!
He must've had a lot of bruises in a period where stunt men weren't available! What I liked about it was the expressiveness and the tight choreography, every movement is timed without looking strained or enforced.
It was painful and funny at the same time, the scene in the changing room is hilarious.
Buster is such a cute and lovable actor. I'm definitely interested in seeing more of his work.
November 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

my new favorite keaton film and the last one he made relatively free from interference at mgm. chaplin warned him not to sign :(
October 10, 2011
Stella Dallas

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This is such a sweet movie, I love it. It's funny, exciting, and has a good story.
September 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

Buster Keaton plays a street photographer who sees the girl of his dreams. He later tracks her down, finding out she works as a secretary in the newsreel department at M.G.M., and trades his tintype camera in for a cheap, 2nd hand movie camera. He tries desperately to get a job in the newsreel department and of course, impress her, but his every happless attempt seems to fail. There are many great, memorable scenes in this film, most notably the date the two have. Keaton's knack for physical humor has been reeled in a bit, but there are some scenes that are still quite funny. Overall, it's a subtle, sweet romantic comedy starring one of the greatest of all time.
April 20, 2010
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

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    1. Luke Shannon: This is my dressing room.
    2. Man in Dressing Room: Shut up... or it'll be your coffin!
    – Submitted by Hector H (2 years ago)
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