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Smash His Camera (2010)



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Jacqueline 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) Magniliamore
Rating: PG-13 (for brief language and nudity)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2010
Box Office: $2.4k
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Critic Reviews for Smash His Camera

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

The notorious tabloid photographer finally gets his due.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Mr. Galella emerges as a kindred soul for the curious documentarian and as a large, complicated personality in his own right.

Full Review… | July 30, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Aside from some overly jaunty soundtrack music, Smash His Camera assembles Galella's anecdotes smartly, and supports them well visually.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

Gast's film takes off only when it recounts past conquests and grudges.

Full Review… | July 28, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Leon Gast's documentary portrait has a freewheeling charm that perfectly matches its subject.

Full Review… | July 27, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

[An] entertaining docu by When We Were Kings' Leon Gast.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Fairly interesting documentary about a really interesting guy. The first famous paparazzi.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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