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      I Am a Camera

      1955 1h 38m Comedy Drama List
      Reviews 35% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Just before the Nazis ascend to power in Berlin, Chris (Laurence Harvey), an aspiring novelist from England, meets flamboyant cabaret entertainer Sally Bowles (Julie Harris) and an unusual friendship is born. As Sally feeds her extravagant tastes, Chris goes along for the ride, until their Jewish pal, Fritz (Anton Diffring), encounters trouble. Adapted from a play based on the memoirs of writer Christopher Isherwood, this story served as the inspiration for the acclaimed musical "Cabaret." Read More Read Less

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      Brigid Murnaghan Village Voice Camera is neither as evil as it has been touted nor as good as it could have been, but it is very enjoyable. May 10, 2022 Full Review Herman G. Weinberg Film Culture For a motion picture, it is unusually literate and honest in its dialogue, which means that it doesn’t attempt to hide the truth under coy euphemisms. There is not a dishonest word or situation in it. Mar 30, 2022 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 19, 2005 Full Review Phil Hall Film Threat The long-forgotten non-musical forerunner of Cabaret. Rated: 2.5/5 Mar 25, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jeanne Y It was made in 1955! What did you expect ?!! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/08/23 Full Review Steve D The acting isn't good enough to convince. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Prefer Cabaret. Sally Bowles in this film is to affected. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review bill t This movie, which, yes, inspired Cabaret should really ONLY be known for that, because this is pretty academic filmmaking. Filmed with smarmy dilaloue, attempts at humor and stilted acting, this post-war brit effort feels far more important than it has every right to be. Also, this just feels just like a filmed version of the play. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Very dated and a now essentially unknown 'prequel' to the far more successful Cabaret, this contains a likeable performance from Julie Harris as the entertainer Sally Bowles but there isn't a great deal that actually happens in the film, with most of the significant events following in its successor. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie classic is simply marvelous! It's not a musical and it's before Cabaret. Julie Harris makes this movie watchable! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Just before the Nazis ascend to power in Berlin, Chris (Laurence Harvey), an aspiring novelist from England, meets flamboyant cabaret entertainer Sally Bowles (Julie Harris) and an unusual friendship is born. As Sally feeds her extravagant tastes, Chris goes along for the ride, until their Jewish pal, Fritz (Anton Diffring), encounters trouble. Adapted from a play based on the memoirs of writer Christopher Isherwood, this story served as the inspiration for the acclaimed musical "Cabaret."
      Director
      Henry Cornelius
      Producer
      Jack Clayton
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 38m