March 19 – 30
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Run Time: 93 minutes
What made Bobby Fischer a mad genius? Was it his mother Regina, a Communist agitator who left him alone at 16 so she could pursue medical training? The media attention, starting from the time he became the U.S. chess champion at 14? The pressure of the legendary 1972 world championship match against Boris Spassky, staged as a battle for ideological supremacy between the U.S. and the Soviets, which his theatrical behavior nearly derailed? When he became world chess champion, Fischer was an obsessive 29-year-old with no support system, ill-equipped to handle fame. The film features rare archival footage and interviews with those who knew him, exposing the high price he paid for success. After his meteoric rise, Bobby Fischer fell hard, becoming a recluse for two decades. He resurfaced as a delusional paranoiac, ranting against Jews and America. Following struggles with the governments of the U.S. and Japan, Fischer died nearly friendless in Iceland. BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD is the sad tale of a chess mastermind who became unable to master his own mind. –B.B.
Monday, March 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Liz Garbus graduated from Brown University. She runs Moxie Firecracker Films, her own documentary production company.
"The Farm: Angola, USA" (1998), "The Execution of Wanda Jean" (2002), "The Nazi Officer's Wife" (2003), "Girlhood" (2003), "Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas!" (2006), "Coma" (2007), "Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech" (2009), BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD (2011)