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DVD Review – Bobby Fischer Against The World

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I got to see some great documentaries at the New Zealand international film festival last year, and this film was one of them. I like chess, but I can’t say I love it, so when picking this film it more came out of the fact it looked like a really interesting story, rather than out of some sort of chess fan boy reasons, and if there’s one thing I love with narrative film or documentaries alike, it’s a good and well told story.

“Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as World Champion and Cold War icon, to his life as a fugitive on the run. This film explores one of the most infamous and mysterious characters of the 20th century.”

'Bobby Fischer Against The World' was as good second time around as it was watching it at the film festival last year. A rather poignant story about a chess grandmaster and showing once again that genius is very much tied in with mental illness and paranoia. Well worth seeing, as even non fans of chess would find it pretty interesting.
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