• The Cameraman

  • The Cameraman

  • Cops

  • Cops


Man-woman relationships -- United States -- Drama, News photographers -- United States -- Drama, Newsreels -- United States -- Drama

The Cameraman

  • Introduction

    Dana Stevens—Slate’s film critic since 2006 and a cohost of the magazine’s weekly cultural podcast, Slate Culture Gabfest—is the author of Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century.

  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano

Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harry Gribbon,

A newsreel by Buster Keaton of a newsreel by Buster Keaton: with Sherlock Jr., The Cameraman is his most self-reflexive film. Trying to “make it” in the Hearst Newsreel Company, Citizen Keaton finally photographs a Tong War in Chinatown and a boating accident, and astonishingly forecasts the issues of contemporary documentary theory. Along the way, we are treated to sublime Buster Bits: a one-man baseball game, acrobatic competitions with mass transportation, and a change into a bathing suit in, to say the least, straitened circumstances.

William Nestrick
  • Clyde Bruckman
  • Lew Lipton
  • Elgin Lessley
  • Reggie Lanning
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • Silent
  • 69 mins
  • Warner Bros. Classics

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The cameraman (program note), San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Dennis Harvey, 2012

The cameraman (program note), Denver International Film Festival, 1996

Buster Keaton forever: Keaton centennial: 1895-1995 (program note), Pacific Film Archive, Judy Bloch, 1995

Forever Buster: Buster Keaton centennial tribute (program note), Castro Theatre, 1995

The cameraman (program note), Wellington Film Festival, 1993

The cameraman (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1988

The cameraman (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1986

Keaton, the man who wouldn't lie down -- excerpt (book excerpt), Charles Scribner's Sons, Tom Dardis, 1979

The cameraman (program note), Toronto Film Society, 1971

The cameraman (program note), AFI New York Film Festival, 1969

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Preceded By


Eddie Cline, Buster Keaton, United States, 1922

“Buster’s ‘working man, and honest’ is thrust by fate, and in perfect, ignorant innocence, into the role of a criminal, forced into opposition with the entire New York City police force” (David Robinson).

Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • Silent
  • 18 mins
  • Cohen Film Collection
Additional Info
  • Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in association with Cohen Film Collection