Cameraperson ★★★★

Criterion Challenge 2022

11. 2010s 

Kirsten Johnson directed this experimental documentary that juxtaposes various clips of footage she shot for various documentaries over twenty plus years. While the film at first seems to be a random assembly of clips from all over the world involving places that Johnson traveled to, thematic threads suddenly unravel, making the film a coherent and unified pice exploring such issues as the ethics a filmmaker has to wrestle with in relation to her subjects, objective reality versus subjective presentation, and human existence from birth to death. There are so many different ways this movie could be interpreted. Some of the scenes are absolutely amazing, as if the universe just happened to align to allow Johnson to film them. This is a film I intend on visiting again just so I can further explore its mysteries.

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