Two films about madness at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
The sport's golden boy, already kind of an odd duck to begin with, dealt with his newfound superstardom by engaging in ever-stranger behavior. Garbus leaves it open to interpretation whether Fischer's diva tactics (delaying matches, refusing to play in front of a camera) were the result of his flaring neuroses, or an elaborate plan to psych Spassky out. After the match that riveted the world (game six was "a symphony of placid beauty," a chess colleague remembers dreamily), Fischer's inability to function within the world of chess — the only world he'd known since he was six years old — led to him being unable to function at all. Bobby Fischer Against the World's ultimate question is a thorny one: was being so good at chess (and only chess) the thing that drove Bobby Fischer crazy — or was his mental illness the only reason he was so good at chess in the first place?
July 21–Aug. 8, most shows $12