It's fascinating how this film is, in many ways, a narrative precursor to the wholly experimental Man with a Movie Camera: the heralding of the photographer in the opening, the almost lifelike camera and tripod, the split screen images in Buster's first newsreel...
Though not quite as wild as some of his other works from College to Sherlock Jr and especially the General, still showcases some of Keaton's overall flare for using the whole world as sets, props, and characters while running amoke doing his silent clown thing. Some noteworthy camera movements stick out, the multifloor staircase crane and a memorable track out on the beach of iconographic note. --PolarisDiB
It may not have the insane stunts and extravaganza of Buster's bigger films, but The Cameraman captures the very essence of Keaton's comedy. It's sweet, and surprisingly realistic. I loved every minute of it, but what blew me away most was the film's technical skill. It's a silent film that doesn't just look modern, it is modern. A timeless masterpiece.
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