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  • Actors: Bobby Fischer, Henry Kissinger, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Directors: Liz Garbus
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Aug. 30 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0053OUPRG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,126 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In 1958, Bobby Fischer stunned the chess world by becoming the youngest Grand Master in history. Over the next decade and a half, his breathtaking rise to the top echelon of the game riveted the world and inspired an international chess phenomenon. Then, at the apex of his success, Fischer vanished from the public eye. Academy Award®-nominee Liz Garbus reveals the true story behind the troubled genius, from his meteoric rise to fame to the growing madness that finally consumed him.

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"a complex and fascinating portrait of genius wasted" -- James Greenberg, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"engrossing" -- John Lopez, VANITY FAIR

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I'm a chess player and I am enthralled when I watch this documentary. It is a model of excellent research, good structure and informative and entertaining interviews. I also know viewers who didn't play chess who enjoyed this. Liz Garbus, who directed and produced this presents lots of fresh material, some of which even hardcore Fischer fans probably haven't seen. Fischer went mad and wasn't the nicest person to begin with - but definitely fascinating. The title fits.
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This documentary is one of the best assessments of the late Bobby Fischer's life as the consummate grandmaster and world chess champion. It is, for the most part, a thoughtful and well-developed portrayal of a genius of a man who became so obsessed with the game of chess that it virtually destroyed his appreciation of everyday reality. His colorful but often controversial and troubled rise to chess supremacy in the sixties and seventies is well chronicled in this production. His screwed-up childhood, his propensity to alienate people, his love for chess, his anti-Semitic views, and his gradual slipping into paranoid schizophrenia are all hallmarks of a life that will forever puzzle us when it comes to defining who Bobby Fischer really was as a person. The filmmaker here takes the liberty of offering her viewers a comprehensive and balanced look at Bobby as it entailed an abnormal childhood, a Cold War mentality, an Asperger complex, an indomitable competitive drive, a fear of losing, and an obsession with conspiracy theories. I recommend this documentary to anyone who wants a more balanced perspective on the personality of a man whose antics and achievements changed how the West played the most complex game known to humankind. He is not a freak, nor is he a paragon of virtue; simply a tortured soul who never got a chance to live a normal life.
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Excellent movie for any fan of the "Real Story" of Bobby Fischer.

However, people should know that he was affected by autism (asperger version of it), which explains most of his behaviors. Journalists always prefer to say that a person was crazy, instead of explaning the reality affecting the man.

Congratulation for the movie and I can't wait to see the new Bobby Fisher in this world. Magnus Carlsen ... who knows.
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