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NZ Film Festival: Bobby Fischer Against the World

NZ Film Festival: Bobby Fischer Against the World

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  • Thu 11 Aug ’11, 2:00pm
  • Sat 13 Aug ’11, 2:15pm
  • Tue 16 Aug ’11, 6:15pm


Hoyts Northlands, Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Rd, Papanui, Christchurch


All Ages

Festivals: Sundance 2011.

Forty years ago a game of chess brought the world to a standstill. The 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik saw Bobby Fischer, America’s rock-star chess player, take on Boris Spassky, the sleek show pony of the Soviet Union’s colossal chess programme. The prickly, unpredictable, self-determining American versus the cool paragon of Soviet cohesion: they were fighting the Cold War mano a mano on a chessboard.

Left to his own devices by his activist single mother, Fischer had taken up chess at six and made himself US champion by 15, but he was never cut out to don the mantle of American hero. Thoroughly researched and richly archived, Liz Garbus’ portrait delves into his remarkable rise, his legendary triumphs and his decline into tabloid notoriety as a recluse and political pariah. — BG

“Compelling… fleshed out by interviews with those who knew Fischer best, psychologically revealing archival footage, and Harry Benson’s poignant, iconic photos… Fischer’s troubled genius infuses the film.” — John Lopez, Vanity Fair

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