Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, and Marlon Brando broke his jaw. The story of notorious, reviled paparazzo Ron Galella opens a Pandora’s Box of issues from right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship.
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What a schmuck. If you already think of paparazzi as bottom feeding scum hiding behind the first amendment this portrait of Ron Galella will only strengthen your conviction. The point and click mentality of photography is not art even if it results in some good shots from time to time. This is simple economics as celebrity culture warrants a good pay cheque.
I loved this movie's debate about Galella's body of work and methods. Though I enjoyed gawking at his pics, I sympathize with those at whom he points his camera. Constitutional law expert Floyd Abrams summed it up best, pegging Galella as "the price tag of the First Amendment." That woman in the museum who couldn't identify the pictures was pathetic though. I wanted to go Brando on her, like he got Galella.