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for sparking the current celeb-ysteria, he certainly created a body of work that is historically irreplaceable. [Director Leon] Gast, who won an Oscar® for his documentary WHEN WE WERE KINGS, gives us a man of personal complexity as well, a man who has photographed legends but still says 'Catherine De Nerve,' a tough guy who lives in a house a friend describes as right out of 'The Sopranos,' except the Sopranos did not have a statue-studded pet bunny cemetery in the backyard." Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
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The presentation is interesting and sometimes dramatic, with told with a good dose of humor mixed in. You may not like Ron Galella, but you have to admit that the man knows his business, and for good or bad, has been a pioneer in this particular type of photojournalism.
Galella began photographing celebrities in the Air Force, and as a civilian began to make his living shooting famous people. Besides his personality, methods, and results, what eventually distinguished Galella from the pack, was his obsession with photographing fellow New Yorker Jackie Kennedy Onassis. This eventually led to several legal battles with the former First Lady, where for a time, Galella was prohibited from getting within 50 yards of Onassis. In another notorious incident, Galella was hit in the face by Marlon Brando, while photographing him on the street after an appearance on the Dick Cavett Show. This also resulted in a lawsuit, in which was settled in Galella's favor.
The documentary also looks at Galella's personal life. His home contains a massive library of his celebrity images amassed through the years, encompassing the worlds of entertainment, sports, and politics.Read more ›
By the end of the film I ultimately found this to be a depressing examination of a very shallow, very pointless profession. The most telling part of the documentary was at the end of the film, as the young woman is looking at the caller of Galella's celebrity images, mostly black and white 60's-era pics, and for the most part can't name any of the people, even showing difficulty with Robert Kennedy. I think that speaks about the shallowness being studied here: these are fleeting images often taken of unaware celebrities that will ultimately be forgotten.
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Interesting look behind the lens. Well-done documentary covering a quirky and infamous photographer.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I stumbled upon this film and loved it. I didn't know who the photographer was initially as I was born a bit late but my mother did. We watched it together and both loved it! Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Queen Victoria"Victoria"
8/13: Smash His Camera is an uninteresting tale about a paparazzi loser who was very obsessed with Jackie Onassis, an ugly, worthless... Read more
Heavens! I don't know. It was a living I guess. The fascination of watch a bug is no different now then when you are a little kid...because you can.Published on June 1, 2013 by Margaret Ann Simmons
loved seeing this bit of history,very interesting,sorry the photogragher had to be so agressive.Jackie O has always intersted the worldPublished on May 4, 2013 by JAN
Picture and sound quality were very good. However, I am giving this show 2 stars because I did not enjoy the show at all.Published on April 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It is o.k. to take pictures of people when they want them taken but he tortured Jackie all the time. I enjoyed all the other celebrities and their smiles. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by gvlcarol
Very entertaining with all the pictures of a time gone bye. Enjoyed seeing the other side of paparazzi and learning or being reminded of the life of Ron, the photographer.Published on March 14, 2013 by Christy
I love photography which is why I chose to watch this doc in the first place. Secondly, I have always been interested in the paparazzi phenom. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Steen McBean