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Interesting "Bio" documentary of Fischer
on 26 May 2014
I watched this via Netflix curious to learn more about the Chess legend of Bobby Fischer
The film covers his life from his childhood, the controversial matches and drama that followed, and his exile in Iceland where he remained until his death in 2008. The title is quite apt for the flim passing a nod to Fischer's struggles and his single minded and sometimes rather eccentric personality.
Prior to watching this documentary I had very little knowledge of Fischer, bar some of his well known matches. I am not a Chess enthusiast just a passing interest in the game but still I found the film worth a watch and it gave me a broad knowledge of the man.
It has to be said though, the Chess element isn't explored in depth. Some of the well known matches are covered, but not really from a Chess experts perspective (if you are looking for a Fischer film on chess techniques and play then this isn't for you). It's a biography through and through.
Some fans might feel it doesn't portray Bobby Fischer in a very positive light. I would tend to agree in some ways, but it is quite obvious Fischer was a hugely talented, but a very complicated/troubled man who wrestled with many issues in his life many of which were not related to Chess at all. The historic events though are given fair coverage, Fischer's somewhat secluded personality is touched on, and we have a good collection of stock film archive material throughout his lifetime, as well as the well known matches with Spassky and others.
I enjoyed the film for what it offered, a look into the life of a troubled genius, it doesn't pull it's punches in telling his story (good and bad). Though it does celebrate some of his achievements in Chess, and credits Fischer with having a huge impact on the popularity of the game and broadening it's appeal. Even for non Chess fans the film is well worth watching.