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Smash His Camera (2010)

PG-13 | | Documentary | January 2010 (USA)
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A film centering on the life and work of Ron Galella that examines the nature and effect of paparazzi.

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Leon Gast
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Floyd Abrams Floyd Abrams ... Himself
Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Basile Joseph Basile ... Himself
Harry Benson Harry Benson ... Himself - Photojournalist
Ingrid Bergman ... Herself (archive footage)
Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage)
Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Chuck Close ... Himself
Brad Elterman Brad Elterman ... Himself - Photographer
David Frost ... Himself (archive footage)
Bonnie Fuller ... Herself
Clark Gable ... Himself (archive footage)
Betty Galella Betty Galella ... Herself - Wife of Ron Galella
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Storyline

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, and Marlon Brando broke his jaw. The story of notorious, reviled paparazzo Ron Galella opens a Pandora's Box of issues from right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Rated PG-13 for brief language and nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Ron Galella Documentary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,367, 1 August 2010

Gross USA:

$3,644

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,644
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Color
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References Melody Time (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Seeing You
Performed by Iggy Pop and Françoise Hardy
Written by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal
USed by Permission of: Carlin Muisc Publishing Canada, Inc. on behalf of Redwood Music, LTD.
The Sammy Fain Trust d/b/a Fain Music Co.
Bug Music, Inc. o/b/o The new Irving Kahal Music (Ascap)
Williamson Music Company
Courtesy of EMI Music France
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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too easy on the guy
17 October 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Ron Galella is a relentless paparazzi catching Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. He is an expert at planning and executing the art of stalkarazzi. He has a new book of pictures out. He took the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis picture. After catching Jackie and John Jr. in the park from behind the trees, she tells an agent to "Smash his camera!" They detained him and he sues Jackie and the Secret Service. She with Onassis' money counter-sues him.

I could not care less about the talking heads talking back and forth about Galella. The problem with this documentary is that it doesn't really challenge Galella that much. A lot of it is his point of view. Mostly it's just him talking, and talking, and talking. The music is cheerfull. The documentarian Leon Gast doesn't ask him questions on camera. He's no Errol Morris. It doesn't feel like it's digging that deep into his psyche. It's not that deep of a dig in the first place. A great interview has follow up questions. This movie doesn't really push and I don't care about his rabbits.


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