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Smash His Camera [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98723eac) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9873aab0) out of 5 stars ron galella is the price tag of the first amendment... 22 July 2012
By trebe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The documentary Smash His Camera (2010), focuses on the life and career of Ron Galella, a photographer based in New York City, who made shooting celebrities his specialty, and was one of the first "paparazzi" type photographers in America. The controversial Galella, who characterizes himself as a "paparazzo superstar", has led a colorful life. While being mostly sympathetic to Galella's point of view, the documentary deals with some provocative issues like privacy rights and freedom of the press, providing to some extent some opposing points of view.

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. Now approaching 80 and in the twilight of his career, Galella looks back discussing his experiences shooting Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and some of his other more colorful assignments. He also provides some shooting tips in a segment called "Ron's Rules of Paparazzi". Now something of a celebrity himself, business associates, legal experts, other photographers, and those in the entertainment industry are among those who offer their thoughts about the career, methods, photography, character, and significance of Ron Galella. Interestingly, one opinion offered is that Galella is "the price tag of the first amendment".

The number of famous people Galella has photographed is truly staggering, and his book "No Pictures", features just a tiny fraction of his best images. Galella's methods may not always be admirable, but his determination and resourcefulness, produced results that people were willing to buy. Smash That Camera is an interesting and entertaining look at the career of a man who helped establish the mold for the modern celebrity photographer, and the more extreme subgroup known as "paparazzi" who are now are a fact of life for those in the news or entertainment industry.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9873ab04) out of 5 stars Really liked this 18 July 2012
By AndySharp - Published on Amazon.com
There is plenty to see in this documentary that makes it fascinating from beginning to end. Even if you don't recognize the people in the film, I think the stars are respectfully represented in an intriguing way. It that makes you want to know who they are. The film emotionally transports you into a world of glamour with complete safety. As some other reviewers commented it is a springboard into researching some of the names featured, either in books, movies or other media. Thoughtful, educational and inspiring film. I hope the girl in the gallery at the end of the movie had the opportunity to watch it later...
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99d1e708) out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating look at a controversial photographer 6 Nov. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Objective, informed look at the paparrazi and their strange relationship with celebrities. Rmon Galella is one of the most controversial of paparrazi and one of the oldest. (Most paps are in their 20s, Galella is way beyond that) The DVD is fascinating and Galella is both fascinating and repelling at the same time. And, he has been a pioneer in the paparrazi art. Love him or hate him, he's a major player in the NY celeb photography scene. Be warned, this video is really absorbing, so don't start it if you have other stuff you have to do, because it won't get done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9873ad8c) out of 5 stars Whether you're pro or anti paparazzi, this is worth a look! 31 July 2012
By Brian Cleary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
As an active pro photographer (not a paparazzi) I really enjoyed this film. While I don't think many people are cut out to make a living in the manner that Ron Galella does, I think it is very important to understand why he and , in fact, all of us, are protected under the first amendment. This film offers some great insights into lives and beliefs of not only photographers like Galella, but also the people they photograph. It is also interesting to note that while many of the celebrities express annoyance at the paparazzi, the relationship between the photographers and the celebrities is really for the most part a mutually beneficial one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9873afcc) out of 5 stars Good period documentary 23 Feb. 2013
By Jennifer Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
For those interested in the Kennedy/Jackie O era, a satisfying and interesting documentary describing the well known paparazzo who followed her incessantly. Capturing his life more than hers, it is still worth watching for its matter of fact coverage of an eccentric/artist who took his trade very seriously and left us with a collection of photographs of notables that is probably unique in its portrayal of the time.
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