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July 16, 2012

Smash His Camera (Rob Galella documentary) - now free to watch at Amazon Prime


According to a previous poll, a significant percentage of our US-based readers are Amazon Prime members. In addition to the free 2-day shipping, the Amazon Prime subscription offers free streaming videos. One of the latest additions to the free streaming video collection is a photography-themed documentary, Smash His Camera about the infamous New York City paparazzo Ron Galella. Run time is 90 minutes (2010, Magnolia, HBO Docs). The doc is also available for streaming at Netflix.

The cover picture of the documentary is what Galella calls his "Mona Lisa", Jackie Kennedy looking at Galella after his taxi driver intentionally blew the taxi's horn to get her attention - while Galella was stalking her for the whole day. The documentary starts with a discussion of his Jackie paparazziiing (not a proper verb), followed by his Katharine Hepburn adventures. And the story goes on from there.

Behind the scenes material can be found on the documentary's HBO pages, including a text-based interview with director Leon Gast. [Flash may be required for HBO pages]

What do you think of the Paparazzi?
So this is a good opportunity for a simple "Favorability Ratings" poll of the Paparazzi in general...

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