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Julie Harris repeats her stage portrayal of the irrepressible Sally Bowles in John Van Druten's I Am a Camera. Set in pre-Hitler Berlin, the film details the curious, chaste relationship between Sally, an entertainer at a bawdy nightclub, and fledgling writer Christopher Isherwood (Lawrence Harvey). Shelley Winters co-stars as Natalia Landauer, whose impending marriage to a wealthy young Jewish man is imperiled by the anti-Semitism which envelops Berlin as the Nazis gain political power. If all this sounds familiar to you, it is because I Am a Camera is the non-musical precursor to the Broadway musical hit Shelley Winters. Both properties were based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. Those familiar with the film version of Shelley Winters will notice that certain plot elements have been watered down in Camera. Examples: Isherwood's homosexuality is left unmentioned, save for Lawrence Harvey's opaque opening comment that he is "a confirmed bachelor;" and Sally Bowles' third-act abortion is changed into a false-alarm pregnancy. Also, Julie Harris' dynamic but rather overbaked interpretation of Sally is not nearly as memorable as Liza Minelli's Oscar-winning interpretation of the character in Shelley Winters. Still, I Am a Camera is well directed and deftly adapted for the screen (by John Collier); and even taking into consideration Ms. Harris' hamminess, she remains one of the most fascinating stage personalities of the mid-20th century. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Julie Harris
as Sally Bowles
Laurence Harvey
as Christopher Isherwood
Shelley Winters
as Natalie Landauer
Ron Randell
as Clive
Lea Seidl
as Frau Schneider
Anton Diffring
as Fritz Wendel
Jean Gargoet
as Pierre
Stanley Maxted
as American Editor
Alexis Bobrinskoy
as Proprietor
Andre Mikhelson
as Head Waiter
Vince Edwards
David Kossoff
Peter Prowse
Harold Siddons
Charles Saynor
Don Koll
as Ticket Clerk
Tutte Lemkow
as Electro-Therapist
Patrick McGoohan
as Swede
Zoe Newton
as Cigarette Girl
Clifford A. Pellow
as Turk
Sid Raymond
as First Man
Tutte Lemkow
as Electro-Therapist
Don Koll
as Ticket Clerk
Zoe Newton
as Cigarette Girl
Clifford A. Pellow
as Turk
Patrick McGoohan
as Swede


Henry Cornelius
Jack Clayton
John van Druten
Play Author
Christopher Isherwood
Guy Green
Muir Mathieson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Malcolm Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
Clive Donner
William Kellner
Art Director
Christopher Isherwood
Short Story Author