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'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. Written by
Very, very few people would argue that the great chess champion Bobby Fischer was normal. He was clearly a mentally ill man (even people who are as close to his friends as you can find agree with this)--though exactly what illnesses he had is all a case of conjecture. In fact, this film would make great viewing by a psychology class as there are many possible diagnoses for the very brilliant and very flawed man. With strong evidence for having a severe personality disorder (such as Paranoid Personality Disorder), a mental disorder (Paranoid Schizophrenia) and even a possible developmental disorder (such as Asperger's), he is a complicated yet always interesting case study. The overlap and contradictory nature of the man make his case so compelling.
The film "Bobby Fischer Against the World" is interesting because it does not try to diagnose the man in any way. Instead, it just lets people talk about him and his descent into isolation and madness. And, the more they tell you, the more obvious it becomes he was a very sad and practically impossible man to like. And, interestingly, some of the most vile and nasty things he said were actually downplayed to some extent in the film. This film is never boring, very well-constructed and exciting to watch. I can't see how anyone could watch this and not get sucked into the life and analysis of Fischer. Very well done.
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