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Film fest 2011 - Bobby Fischer Against the World


Bobby Fischer Against the World
USA/UK 2011
Director: Liz Garbus
Producers: Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy, Stanley Buchthal, Matthew Justus
Photography: Robert Chappell
Editors: Karen Schmeer, Michael Levine
Music: Philip Sheppard
In English and Russian, with English subtitles
Colour and B&W

With: Bobby Fischer, Malcolm Gladwell, Henry Kissinger, Garry Kasparov, Larry Evans, Anthony Saidy, Shelby Lyman, Russell Targ, Susan Polgar, Saemi Palsson

Festivals: Sundance 2011

92 minutes

"It is a strange and complex story of a brilliant but deeply troubled man, full of bizarre twists and turns." - Mark Adams, Screendaily

Forty years ago a game of chess brought the world to a standstill. The 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik saw Bobby Fischer, America's rock-star chess player, take on Boris Spassky, the sleek show pony of the Soviet Union's colossal chess programme. The prickly, unpredictable, self-determining American versus the cool paragon of Soviet cohesion: they were fighting the Cold War mano a mano on a chessboard. Left to his own devices by his activist single mother, Fischer had taken up chess at six and made himself US champion by 15, but he was never cut out to don the mantle of American hero. Thoroughly researched and richly archived, Liz Garbus' portrait delves into his remarkable rise, his legendary triumphs and his decline into tabloid notoriety as a recluse and political pariah. - BG
"Compelling& fleshed out by interviews with those who knew Fischer best, psychologically revealing archival footage, and Harry Benson's poignant, iconic photos& Fischer's troubled genius infuses the film." - John Lopez, Vanity Fair