Leon Gast’s Smash His Camera
qualifies, hands down, as one of the most fascinating releases of the summer movie season. It’s a biographical portrait of one of the most alternately revered and loathed men in show business, self-styled mega-paparazzi Ron Galella, and among other things, the film’s success (and validity) can be measured via its wondrous tonal ambiguities. Within a documentary framework, Gast travels the Citizen Kane
route, surrounding his subject with interviewees who react to Galella with responses that the director contrasts ad extremis
, typing the photographer as everything from bottom-feeding vermin to a pop-culture hero. We wal...