Smash His Camera (2010)
Movie InfoJacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. As it turned out, he gave them a strange and lasting beauty they might never have known without him. Inherent in the story of this notorious paparazzo are the complex issues of the right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship. He sneaked around and invaded and bribed and held up his camera and shot till he dropped (or someone dropped him). His was the artistry of the sniper. Yet Galella found something essential in his real-life subjects, and he gave it permanence.-- (C) Magnilia … More
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Critic Reviews for Smash His Camera
Mr. Galella emerges as a kindred soul for the curious documentarian and as a large, complicated personality in his own right.
Aside from some overly jaunty soundtrack music, Smash His Camera assembles Galella's anecdotes smartly, and supports them well visually.
Gast's film takes off only when it recounts past conquests and grudges.
Leon Gast's documentary portrait has a freewheeling charm that perfectly matches its subject.
Smash His Camera is a treasure trove for old Hollywood obsessives.
Ultimately, Galella's work is more interesting than the man behind the camera.
An entertaining and thought provoking film with more celebrity pictures, and interviews, than you can shake a stick at.
A paparazzo's life, replete with flashbulbs and sucker punches, says much about the nature of celebrity and our fascination with it.
It's an irresistible, illuminating documentary on a subject once thought glamorous, but now often resembles madness.
[Leon] Gast seems to have waded into this subject without much of a road map, and left it to [Ron] Galella to show him the way
[T]houghtful and entertaining look at the changes in our celebrity-obsessed culture over the past 40 years as seen through a ubiquitous lens and controversial career.
The film refuses to pass judgment on the controversial photog, letting him do his own thing.
Whether on Fifth Avenue or in a Grand Ballroom or schmoozing with film crews for information, Galella is , oblivious to the feelings and havoc around him.
There is casual genius in some of the captured moments, a combination of access, timing, and luck, with the subject almost always carrying most of the image's weight.
A robust and snappy documentary about Ron Galella, the controversial photographer of America's superstars and celebrities.
Gast's presentation is super-slick and surprisingly dynamic for a film concerned with still images.
As king of the paparazzi, Ron Galella has been slugged by Marlon Brando, sued by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and slurred by other photographers. Now, filmmaker Leon Gast turns his camera on Galella, and the result is fascinating and full of surprises.
Audience Reviews for Smash His Camera
Very interesting. An amazing look at a paparazzi photo journalist who has been reviled, and scorned, throughout his career - justifiably by some accounts. He, however, has taken some of the most unbelievable photos ever. He has held exhibitions, and even has a coffee table book of his photos that I might consider purchasing, thanks to this documentary.More
We've seen most of this discussion on balancing the first amendment and privacy rights before, but in the final ten minutes where we see a number of young people confused as to who all these older celebrities are in Galella's photographs we realize that how fleeting accomplishment is.More
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