Krzysztof Kieslowski’s early Amator (Camera Buff, 1979) is a satire about a man, Filip, who buys an 8 mm camera to film his soon-to-be-born son only to be drawn into the world of cinema. First demanded by his factory leaders, and soon by the national television, filming slowly starts to take over Filip’s life. Through the working class subjects Kieslowski addresses common dilemmas, such as family life versus personal passion, artistic versus commercial work, propaganda and censorship versus realistic documentary. As usual to Kieslowski’s films, there’s also poignant social critique, illustrating the absurdity of the communist society as well as art critique. “What are you shooting? Anything that moves.”


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