Cameraperson (2016)

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Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.


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3 March 2020 | ThurstonHunger
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So many books are about the writing process, in a way this is a film about the documentary film process. Calling it memoir feels like a bit of a stretch, although she was literally there, so her life in a way flashes before our eyes. And it's more than just her working life, or is she always working when she holds a camera? Feels like the latter.

In a way it's surely an open window into many of the films she has worked on, most of which I suspect are hard to come across. And perhaps hard to make it through....the misery index here is high.

If you make a collage of trailers from the films involved, I think you could find some similar segues as put together here. So if this film were edited by another, perhaps other themes would emerge, pit the fighter who wants a battle, versus the battle-scarred who want only to see the peace.

And play with an axe. Even in the most joyous moment, there is a whiff of the cemetery it seems. Derrida gets a cameo for a walk-by stand-up piece of philo-comedy.

I can see why she returns to the Muslim family, not only is there warmth there...but the matriarch's ability to edit her own life/film is a skill that is likely in demand among the sheltered and the scattered.

Might be interesting to see this with (or after) watching "The War Photographer."

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