Smash His Camera

The Toby

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

(2009, dir. Leon Gast, 88 mins.) Andy Warhol declared Ron Galella, the original paparazzo, his favorite photographer. Galella elevated the ambush celebrity snapshot into art and, at 78, remains a stalwart in the business. Dogged in his quest to photograph celebrities in unguarded moments, he defines his passion for his work by the ups and downs of his career—documenting the parade of stars at a thriving Studio 54 and having the dubious honor of being sued by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (his favorite subject) and having his jaw broken by Marlon Brando. Director Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) masterfully profiles Galella and places him at the center of the debate about the First Amendment right to privacy, and the blur between art and commerce.

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