Bobby Fischer Against the World

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A profile of the controversial U.S. chess phenom (1943-2008) features archival interviews conducted throughout his career; footage of key matches, including his 1972 victory over the USSR's Boris Spassky; and remarks from chess champions, authors, colleagues and friends.

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Free | Trailer Addict Posted: 10/7/2011

Considered by many to be the world's greatest chess player, Bobby Fischer personified the link between genius and madness. His trajectory propelled him from child prodigy to world chess champion at age 29 and then into a nosedive of delusions and paranoia. Fischer was a recluse for decades before resurfacing for a bizarre final chapter as a fugitive. As a loner with no familial support, Fischer had to defend his title while representing his country against the mighty Russians during the cold war. The center of media attention, Fischer was never equipped for a life in the spotlight. From veteran filmmaker Liz Garbus, and the final project of late editor Karen Schmeer, Bobby Fischer Against the World exposes the disturbingly high price Fischer paid to achieve his legendary success and the resulting toll it took on his psyche. Rare archival footage and insightful interviews with those closest to him expand this captivating story of a mastermind's tumultuous rise and fall.

Free | Trailer Addict Posted: 10/7/2011

A complex film about a complex persona which explores issues such as whether Bobby was ever equipped to deal with the fame and the pressures of being in the public eye; how his fractious relationship with his mother may have contributed to this; and how he propelled chess to a world-wide phenomenon, boosting it to a level of popularity not seen since. Truly unique, Bobby Fischer still stands as the most famous Grand Master, a life devoured by his obsession with chess and whose death revealed nothing about what eventually destroyed him.

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Premise: A profile of the controversial U.S. chess phenom (1943-2008) features archival interviews conducted throughout his career; footage of key matches, including his 1972 victory over the USSR's Boris Spassky; and remarks from chess champions, authors, colleagues and friends.

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