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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) Magnilia

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

The notorious tabloid photographer finally gets his due.

July 30, 2010 | Full Review…

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

July 30, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

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

July 29, 2010 | Rating: A-
Top Critic

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

July 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

July 27, 2010 | Full Review…

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

July 6, 2010

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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

Ken Stachnik
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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