Bobby Fischer Against the World

In 1972, America was chess-obsessed. The Soviet Union used chess to demonstrate its intellectual superiority to the West, but along came a young, lone American, who demolished the Russian masters of the sport. At the height of his career, Bobby Fischer was better known than any other man in the world. Relentless press attention, political pressure and a monomaniacal focus on chess ultimately led to his undoing. Director Liz Garbus uses the narrative tension of the 1972 match between Fischer and the defending World Champion, the Russian Boris Spassky, to explore not only the politically charged period of the early 1970s, but also the nature of genius, madness and the game of chess itself.

Year: 2011
Genre: Documentaries, Sport, Biography, Historical, Film Festivals 2011
Country: Iceland, USA, UK
Director: Liz Garbus
Duration: 89 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language.
Location in store: Documentary (Biographies)



Permanent Collection

For in-store pickup reservations please call 03 3650 615


Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

Aka 'Innocent Moves'. This remarkable film is based on the true story of prodigy Josh Waitzkin, a 7-...

The Luzhin Defence (2000)

From a novel by Vladimir Nabokov comes this intriguing film that has John Turturro as a Russian ches...

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2003)

In May 1997 Garry Kasparov, widely regarded as the greatest chess player the world has ever seen, pl...

Computer Chess (2013)

An intelligent ensemble comedy which takes place in the early-1980s over the course of a weekend con...

Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer...