Friday, May 01, 2009

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Searching for Bobby Fischer is a 1993 film about the beginning of the chess career of Joshua Waitzkin. The Husband and I hadn't seen this in years, and The Younger Son had never seen it. It is #96 on the AFI list of America's Most Inspiring Movies.

Strangely, I can't find a trailer of this online except for one that's from a hand-held camera copying from a screen:

Roger Ebert calls it "a film of remarkable sensitivity and insight". Rolling Stone says, "writer Steven Zaillian (Awakenings), in his directing debut, turns Josh's story into a riveting screen adventure." EW has a review. The New York Times closes its positive review with this:
What Bobby Fischer took away, dashing the hopes and the innocence of his acolytes when he spurned chess, may never truly be recaptured. But some of it has found its way to the screen.

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