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228 Bewertungen


USA, 2016

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As a visually radical memoir, Cameraperson draws on the remarkable footage that Kirsten Johnson has shot and reframes it in ways that illuminate moments and situations that have personally affected her.

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Cameraperson Regie Kirsten Johnson

Auszeichnungen & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Nominiert: Best Documentary

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | 3 Nominiert unter anderem: Best Film

Johnson displays a willingness to interrogate her own practice—and in the process illustrates why she’s such a sterling pro. It’s the rare sort of self-awareness that radiates with humility instead of personal branding, and it’s essential in a moment when even progressive nonfiction filmmaking too often opts for emotional shorthand and cheap shots.
October 18, 2018
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In one scene in Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, we see a USB stick being thrown into a concrete mixer. Shot while making Citizenfour with director Laura Poitras, we watch as it is laid into the concrete floor and buried. We don’t know if the contents of at least part of the drive were released by Edward Snowden. We can only imagine that some of those images, data, and reports have disappeared. This shot and the worries it evokes echo throughout Johnson’s remarkable film.
April 24, 2017
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The grounding presence is Johnson, whose status as a cameraperson becomes the film’s thematic core, adopting the perspective the professional observer instead of the person in charge. Johnson’s footage is especially compelling because of the nature of her work, which has taken her to war zones and other global hotspots. Though the film lacks actual instances of battle, it’s infused with the tension of buildup and aftermath.
February 14, 2017
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  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Cameraperson

    Interesting to see the range of responses to this film here. I went into it expecting at least to be consistently engaged by the shot-making, and I was not disappointed on that score. Interweaving her own family life into passages from a variety of territories marked by trauma--war, rape, displacement, a mother's suicide--was a dicey move, but Johnson makes it work. The uplift is slight, the sadness stark.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Cameraperson

    Every aspiring documentarian should see this; a snapshot collection of illuminating moments that may not have the pristine cinematographic grandeur of Fricke's 'Baraka' and 'Samsara' but more than compensates through KJ's authentic integration with a variety of cultures and contexts. If you are a traveller, why not turn that hobby into an account of the smorgasbord of humanity?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Cameraperson

    Frankly over-rated documentary from cinematographer Kirsten Johnson who has made a self described 'self-portrait' by editing various scenes that she has shot together leaving the audience to interpret the impact and meaning. Some see this as profound but I see it as emotionally void and without much impact. Better off seeing the films she shot.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Cameraperson

    WHAT!???!!!!!!??? Is this "Cameraperson" everybody talk & praise, really???!!?!? I can't believe this is That "Cameraperson," I can't stand this pompous incoherence & fragmentarily discursive editing with which Johnson confuses cinematic technique like saying "Hey audiences, I put footages here so you interpret this as you like, Byebye!" I think this is "Suicide Squad" documentary version. Boring as hell.

  • Jason's rating of the film Cameraperson

    Expected it to be profound. Concept is itself profound. Self-portrait via residuum. Think frenetic James Benning meets soporific Jonas Mekas, but very much an extension of popular documentary practices. What I was not expecting was to find a movie so sorta completely depressing and weirdly spiritually void. Life is unpleasant and a lot of work. Some pertinent stuff towards the end, however, of tremendous insight.

  • Jordan Kaltz's rating of the film Cameraperson

    incredible! such a breadth of subject matter whilst still being incredibly personal and emotionally affecting. it felt far longer than it was but in a good way, a peregrination

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film Cameraperson

    The things that happen moments before, moments after, the shots we see on screen. It only takes a slight widening of perspective for cinematographer Kirsten Johnson to insert herself - humble & intimate - into our view, transforming familiar moments from her prolific career into something deeply, even urgently, human. Inspiring, if not consistently compelling. And an interesting comment on the gloss of the image. 3.5

  • aconeyisland's rating of the film Cameraperson

    “She sees everything but she’s blind like the philosopher who fell into the well while looking at the stars.” Derrida, saving Cameraperson from stumbling and falling in the street. [somewhere near the beginning].

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