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06/04/2010

Friday Doc Pick: Smash His Camera

Celebrities hate them. We secretly love the pictures they take. Magazines like People and shows like The Insider need them. The paparazzi get pictures of nearly every aspect of celebrities lives and photographer Ron Galella is undoubtedly the godfather of the paparazzi industry. Smash His Camera chronicles Galella’s 40-plus-year career as well as the balance between privacy for public figures and freedom of the press.

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival winner premieres on HBO Monday, June 7th at 9:00 p.m. If you’re like me, you might not know who Galella is by name. He famously suffered a broken jaw and five missing teeth in 1973 after actor Marlon Brando punched him outside a restaurant. His prints have been exhibited at museums and galleries from New York to Berlin.

Here’s a glimpse of the 90-minute documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Leon Gast.

Trivia question: What film is credited with creating the term for these unabashedly aggressive celebrity photographers, the paparazzi? Put your answer in the comments section.

-Tiffany Thwaites

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