Friday, June 03, 2011

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Chess legend Bobby Fischer died on January 17, 2008 and within a day of reading his obituary, filmmaker Liz Garbus decided the young prodigy-turned-recluse would be the perfect subject for a documentary.

Fascinated by Fischer’s meteoric rise and fall, she spent the next two years researching details about Fischer’s life, tracking down archival footage, and interviewing the Brooklyn-born Fischer’s family, friends and colleagues. The resulting film, “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” makes its television debut on HBO June 6.

Garbus ultimately decided to focus her film on the 1972 World Championship chess match set in Reykjavik, Iceland between Fischer and Boris Spassky, a cultural event she calls “a metaphor wrapped in a metaphor.”
Full article on WSJ

See also Bobby Fischer Documentary, Like the Subject, Was Hard to Make and HBO page

Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

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