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September 9, 2017
Kirsten Johnson proves herself to be a passionate filmmaker in the cinematography field through some film studying that may have gotten her to watch "The Man with a Moving Camera". The said film couldn't stop being reminded of as I watch this disguised modern remake/update based on the structure. The effect of the update refreshed the 1929 original in more of a fresher sight that asks for more depth this time. It's worth interacting with from time to time when following it up with the films listed at the end to piece one to a presented clip that Johnson made. (A-)

(Full review TBD)
July 9, 2017
7/9/17 Amazon Prime

You need to give this film a little time as it is a little "what the heck is this all about" feel for the first few minutes but then you get the pace and juxtaposition of the vignettes and it becomes very entertaining. Johnson has a wealth of world travel on her resume and she shares that beautifully with the viewers.
May 4, 2017
Cameraperson isn't thematically connected particularly well and some segments are more interesting than the others. However, as far as experiments go, this one is certainly admirable in its ambition, wonderful in its emotion and pleasantly diverse in time and place with more than a couple of beautiful scenes.
March 13, 2017
Experimental filmmaking for the Snapchat era.
½ March 12, 2017
What a great documentary. Director Kirsten Johnson culls many clips from her career as a cinematographer on documentaries to piece together this film which is essentially a visual memoir of her career and life as she also includes footage of her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's and he twin children. Though it is essentially fragments from other films, with some additional behind the scenes and extended cuts included, this film works. It has a lyrical feel to it and tells an emotional story rather than a linear one. It will be on my top 10 of 2016. Highly recommended!
February 28, 2017
First time to see her works but "Cameraperson" is one of the most original and very inspiring documentary. It also taught me to see more the world as photographer.
February 24, 2017
on so many list. "one of the best films about filmmaking" says nonfics.
½ February 19, 2017
Personal yet the scope is macro, history, life and everything in this unassuming but affecting film.
½ February 8, 2017
About as interactive as documentary cinema can be, it invites the viewer to find the rhymes and rhythms in the juxtaposed scenes. Favorites: Bosnians followed by UPenn, then midwives followed by Brooklyn boxing.
February 6, 2017
Camera: An optical instrument for recording or capturing images...
Camera: person. A professional operator of a film or video camera...

Once you get this two concepts clear, you will be able to understand what this documentary is about. Kirsten Johnson, a NY documentary, filmmaker and cinematographer, who's life is portrayed in the film "Cameraperson"

The concept of this documentary is very simple and interesting. For the audience or viewers, you only able to see the best choices between the director and editor when a documentary is been edited, but in reality, you never be able to understand the complexity of a film until you see what a camera person have to do in order to the shot right. The risks, the prep before an interview, the framing and the simplicity of the art the documentary.

From a boxing match in Brooklyn, postwar life in Bosnia and Herzegovina, her intimate life with her kids, and a Nigerian midwife and other moments. Experience the documentary 'Camera person' is been exposed to the moment when you dig into someone's collection of footage from a long career of 25 years. Unused takes, moments kept in the editing room that never make it to the big scree or perhaps Johnson's life that is just for her own audience, her family.
½ January 14, 2017
This montage of B-roll flirts with self-indulgence and says less about the person behind the camera than the project intended.
November 28, 2016
I'm not sure if we will ever see a documentary film as authentic and rich in content as this one... amazing!
November 28, 2016
I'm not sure you will see a better documentary than this in our lifetime. A pure masterpiece on so many levels.
½ October 14, 2016
This is the documentary this country/world needs right now. Absolutely beautiful and completely heartbreaking. Best humanist work of 2016 IMO. 4 1/2 stars.
September 26, 2016
An exceptional documentary about capturing the world through a lens. Kirsten Johnson uses her work as a cinematographer to examine the stories she tells and how it reflects back on her own experiences in the world. This is an incredible document that all aspiring filmmakers should watch: this is what your life could be.
½ September 25, 2016
What a complete waste of time and jumbled mess this is. Clearly wearing its left wing heart on her blouse sleeves, the the documentary maker hits all the liberal sweet spots, Darfur, Bosnian Muslims, sub Saharan Africa and a does of Michael Moore to boot. These are mostly outtakes that should have never been spooled onto a feature length film reel. This is to be avoided.
September 12, 2016
Kirsten Johnson's "memoir" is a collection of outtakes and highlights from her career that paint a striking thematic link to her immense body of work. While the pieces may be haphazardly linked, the imagery and content never falter to intrigue, and allow viewers to see the actual documentaries she worked on in a new light. One of the year's best docs.
½ March 7, 2016
I like the term meditation for this film. What sort of relationship does someone behind a camera have with the subjects or landscapes she's photographing?
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