Smash His Camera

2010

Smash His Camera

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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) Magnilia

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  • Jan 16, 2012
    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
  • Mar 15, 2011
    A look at ron gazella, a world famous paparazzi, who wasnt well liked due to methods he used. but at same time came of charming and. a guy who knew how to get a shot, and everyone wanted his pictures. but later in doc it really gets into his tough ways especially with jackie onassis, hes still going strong, and earns a fortune, a interesting glimpse into a career like his
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2011
    Fairly interesting documentary about a really interesting guy. The first famous paparazzi.
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer

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