A surprisingly well-done exploration of mad genius, it reminded me of other artfully shot films in the genre, such as Amadeus.
We never do get the neatly wrapped pop psychology explanation for Bobby Fischer, but the film seems to posit a parallel: the pawn sacrificed in the Cold War chess game. This would relate to Fischer’s untreated descent into madness, but also to the government’s using him to score political points against the Soviets.
Obviously Fischer was mentally challenged, if one can call it that, prior to taking on the Soviet empire for the world chess championships. I didn’t know anything about him, or this story, but my early childhood was indeed affected by his saga. I had neighbors who lived upstairs–early 70s–who were deep into chess, studying books, magazines, and they needed fodder. So they taught me the game too. The name Bobby Fischer probably was mentioned, but…
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