Smash His Camera

Smash His Camera

DVD - 2010
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Ron Galella, notorious paparazzo, captured some of the most memorable celebrity photographs. In order to do so, he suffered everything from a restraining order to a broken jaw. Includes archival footage of Grace Kelly, Clark Gable, Brad Pitt, Marlon Brando, and more.
Publisher: New York : Magnolia Home Entertainment ; [Canada] : Mongrel Media, c2010
Branch Call Number: DVD 770.92 SMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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kevfarley Apr 01, 2015

A good look at a well known celebrity-stalking photographer, who has amassed over three million negatives !
His b&w prints are now being bought as works of art, often by the same type of people that he photographed. (So prices for his work will rise,.. at least for a while.)

And the superior quality of his handmade prints is well above the current level of image making for this type of 'genre'.

He's an interesting caracter,.. worth seeing and hearing, even while questioning the impact of the insensitivity of his aggressiveness.

Kev's PICkS : for a more balanced and very interesting viewpoint, from the other side of the lens,.. check out "Sellebrity".

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Leon Gast’s savvy documentary chronicles the life and work of Ron Galella, self-proclaimed king of the paparazzi, whose fifty year career has yielded more than three million celebrity photographs which he lovingly stores in a basement archive. From Greta Garbo and Mae West to KISS and Pee Wee Herman no one escaped his roving lens, but he harboured a monomaniacal obsession for Jackie Onassis—chasing her around Manhattan, jumping out of bushes to catch her with her children, and hiding behind coat racks to film her on dinner dates. This constant harassment eventually resulted in a restraining order against him which lasted four years. Galella himself is seen as a very enthusiastic septuagenarian goodfella type incapable of appreciating the effect his behaviour has on the VIPs he regularly stalks…he even had himself locked up in a London warehouse for a weekend so he could take pictures of Liz and Richard while their yacht was anchored in the Thames. Fancying himself a “photojournalist” working in the public’s interest, he and his wife-manager have made a small fortune hawking his ill-gotten photos to tabloids and magazines—enough to buy a small mansion in New Jersey which he tackily adorned with plastic flowers and bunny statuary. But where does freedom of speech end and intimidation begin? Exactly how public should public figures be? Cited as a “personality profiteer” by one photographer and “the price tag of the first amendment” by a constitutional lawyer, it would seem the critics are divided on the issue. There is a certain candid energy to many of his pics, so unlike the hasty smartphone snaps one sees on magazine racks today, that has earned him some degree of notoriety among collectors and art galleries alike; where else can you get a mug shot of a tipsy Bette Davis scowling her way out of New York’s Studio 54? But is it artistry which renders his snapshots so intriguing, or is it simply the subjects themselves that make you want to look twice? And do the means always justify the ends? “In another fifty years the name of Ron Galella will have been forgotten!” says one detractor, and as if to emphasize the point Gast films a giggling teenager at one of Galella’s gallery showings who fails to recognize even one celebrity face. Beleaguered champion of free speech or opportunistic bottom feeder, Gast certainly gives enough fodder for both arguments. Personally my opinion was summed up quite succinctly by Marlon Brando who, after being followed by Galella for several blocks, gently called him over and proceeded to break his jaw.

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e278
Jun 30, 2014

Notorious - here's a man with no manners, beyond legal boundaries of decency and you reward him??! I'll bet you complain about social break-down.

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SAPL454
Oct 29, 2013

Especially bold for a paparazzi photographer! However, he does get the desired shot!

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ThelmaPickles
Feb 05, 2013

If you enjoyed the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" check out this HBO film about another famous street photographer. Very good!

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sdelao
Nov 20, 2012

Loved it! Really well done documentary of the photographer Ron Gallella. While today's paparazzo may be all about photographing celebs to make a buck, Ron Gallella actually loves what he does and is interested in the icons of his day (they don't make them like they used to). Recommend!!

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CalicoJack
Dec 18, 2010

Refreshingly positive view of controversial American celebrity photographer Ron Galella, his attitude towards his targets, & the quality of his work. Interesting!

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