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Smash His Camera

Smash His Camera

Ron Galella
Director: Leon Gast Cast: Ron Galella
Ron Galella
, Floyd Abrams
Floyd Abrams
, Harry Benson
Harry Benson
Leon Gast


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Years before the word "paparazzi" had any meaning for most Americans, Ron Galella exemplified the new breed of celebrity photographers who specialized in shots of stars with their guards down, and he was wildly successful in the 1960s and '70s while also making more than a few enemies among the wealthy and famous. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, one of Galella's favorite subjects, took him to court in 1972 to prevent him from obsessively following her (Galella was given a restraining order preventing him from coming within 150 feet of her for the rest of her life), while in 1973 Marlon Brando took a more direct approach, punching the photographer in the face and breaking his jaw as Galella tried to snap his picture. While Galella seemingly has little sense of shame or propriety about his work, he also had a gift for capturing exciting images on the run, and unlike most of his peers his work has been shown in galleries around the world and he's widely regarded as the most gifted artist in his chosen field. Filmmaker Leon Gast offers a look at the public and private sides of Ron Galella in the documentary Smash His Camera, in which he talks about his career, his attitude abut celebrity culture, and his run-ins with some of his subjects. Smash His Camera was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2010
UPC: 0876964003476
Original Release: 2009
Source: Magnolia Home Ent
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 69,977

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Deleted and Extended Scenes; Photo Gallery: Ron Galella's Favorites; Commentary with Ron Galella, Leon Gast (Director), Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Galella Participant
Floyd Abrams Interviewee
Harry Benson Interviewee
George Bernard Interviewee
Graydon Carter Interviewee
Dick Cavett Interviewee
Chuck Close Interviewee
Brad Elterman Interviewee
James Edstrom Interviewee
Nicola Erni Interviewee
Bonnie Fuller Interviewee
Betty Burke Galella Interviewee
Lynn Goldsmith Interviewee
Michael Hess Interviewee
Thomas Hoving Interviewee
Peter Howe Interviewee
Elaine Kaufman Interviewee
Neil Leifer Interviewee
John Loengard Interviewee
Martin London Interviewee
M.C. Marden Interviewee
David McGough Interviewee
Patrick McMullan Interviewee
Anthony Miller Interviewee
Stuart Schlesinger Interviewee
Paul Schmulback Interviewee
Marvin Scott Interviewee
Liz Smith Interviewee
Etheleen Staley Interviewee
Kerry Sulkowicz Interviewee
Nick Stepowyj Interviewee
Brian Wallis Interviewee
Takouhy Wise Interviewee

Technical Credits
Leon Gast Director
Doug Abel Editor
William Ackerman Executive Producer
Craig Hazen Score Composer
Don Lenzer Cinematographer
Linda Saffire Producer
Adam Schlesinger Producer
Daniel Stern Executive Producer
Jeffrey Tarrant Executive Producer
David Wolfert Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Smash His Camera
1. Opening Titles [8:28]
2. The Rules [6:37]
3. Ron's Basement [10:11]
4. The Jackie Marathon [10:10]
5. Richard and Liz [4:50]
6. Betty and the Bunnies [5:27]
7. Punched-Out by Marlon [10:56]
8. Ron vs. Jackie [:03]
9. Go After 'Em [10:24]
10. Jackie's Back! [3:06]
11. A True Artist [8:18]
12. End Credits [8:26]

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