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Cameraperson

Cameraperson

2016
Documentary
1h 42m
A collection of mesmerizing moments of recorded reality from Johnson's 25-year career as a documentary cinematographer.
Director: Kirsten Johnson
Starring: Kirsten Johnson
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Great documentaries tend to have one or two magical moments in them where a decisive moment in reality is captured just right. This is pretty much a 90-minute collection of such moments from one person's perspective shot all over the world. It's an incredible watch.
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91st
5
The moving image as memoir. Our investment in Johnson and the people and places she chooses to capture is inseparable from her decision to share them with us; by seeing through her eyes, we're forced to consider what an endless ocean of feelings and memories another person is. These images will have to suffice instead.
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55th
4
its conflicted ontology is cinema's, right there in the title, and johnson's awareness of such is demonstrated by her chosen derrida quote, said offhand as they cross the road together: "she sees everything and she's totally blind, like the philosopher who falls in the well while looking at the stars". i love that the defining piece on this was penned by michael almereyda, who places it in the lineage of marker and vertov.
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88
Portrait of the Artist as a Technician. More fruitfully, Cameraperson is a film that sort of unlocks the black box of the documentary form, to reveal the moments of serendipity and filmmaking choices that inform these films' construction -- and of the moments and choices that don't, because they're perhaps too "authentic," because they subvert the illusion of narrative cohesion and disembodied objectivity.
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84
Filled with sharp, beautiful images of landscapes but especially people from around the world, the film on its surface looks like little more than a pastiche of edited together footage. But its overall impact is something much greater, pointing us toward empathy and understanding of the other, even as it remains a deeply personal record of Johnson's work over the years.
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Director: Kirsten Johnson
Starring: Kirsten Johnson
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 1h 42m
Country: USA

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