• Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

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Release Date: 2011

DVD Release Date: December 6th, 2011

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary
Liz Garbus examines the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master from his troubled childhood through his rise to fame and his life as a fugitive.

Director: Liz Garbus

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Moxie Firecracker Films, HBO Documentary Films

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  • Robert James Fischer's story is astonishing on and off the chess board, and tonight's HBO documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World captures it well. show more

  • Note the noticeable uptick in the cleverness of the on-screen graphics or fitfully remember the movie poster's tagline, "His Greatest Match Was in His Mind," and you'll belatedly come around to the jarring downshift into Fischer's latter-day paranoia and anti-Semitism. show more

  • Despite what we know about his troubled childhood, Fischer remains enigmatic. show more

  • Beyond the knights and rooks, Bobby Fischer Against the World tells the story of a Jewish kid raised in Brooklyn who spent his final years in exile as a fulminating anti-Semite and a raving anti-American. show more

  • Liz Garbus' documentary tells the compelling and powerful story of the late chess prodigy. show more

  • [Garbus] captures the epic, almost mythical scope of his talent and thus the tragic height of his fall. show more

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