The Cameraman is a 1928 American silent comedy drama film directed by Edward Sedgwick and an uncredited Buster Keaton. It was Buster’s first fi,lm with Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
Buster is a sidewalk tintype photographer in New York City, who develops a crush on Sally Richards, a secretary that works for MGM Newsreels. To be close to her, he buys an old film camera, emptying his bank account and attempts to get a job as one of MGM’s filmers.
This is a fun film, filled with humor, mishaps and romance. It is a classic without dialogue, that doesn’t even need it, because the story is easy follow and great, Keaton can still make people laugh without cracking a smile, which is where he got his nickname “The Great Stone Face.” He was a true comic genius, who was ahead of his time.
This film is both hilarious and heartwarming. He does everything he can think of to get closer to Sally, the girl of his dreams, but in the process, he gets into a lot of trouble. He goes bankrupt, tries to get a job at one of the top film companies at that time, tries to get money and tries to win the heart of Sally. She at first isn’t interested in him, but once she gets to know him, she falls for him.
This is a very clever work of cinema, one that is not only ahead of its time, but has stood the test time, as a truly wonderful film, a remarkable work of art. It is one that can be watched over and over without getting old. Buster Keaton combines humor, drama and love, to bring movie to life, making the The Cameraman one of the most iconic characters in film history. The slapstick comedy mixed with romance is a fine combination that any film lover will enjoy.
This isn’t a film for younger viewers, there is mild violence, mild nudity, mild cigarette smoking and a character dies when another character falls on it. This film was made LONG before MPAA ratings. Overall, this film is a masterpiece. 10+ 4.5/5