Following up on the “Pawn Sacrifice” movie you might be interested in a fine interview of former world champion Anand’s take on it. Anand is never demeaning, always gentlemanly, and he is smart enough to understand why and how the movie was made. I had pointed out to my son Nate that Ed Edmondson was a key figure in getting Fischer to the table though Bobby treated him brusquely and eventually dismissed him. Anand, fortunately, knew this and said the same thing.
You can find this Indian interview here: http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/sport-others/soviet-players-didnt-want-to-cheat-they-were-ordered-to-viswanathan-anand/
A friend and I will go see the movie in a couple weeks when it comes to the Quad-Cities. Try to take it in if you can. Don’t let some “blips” destroy the experience for you (such as when Fischer was a kid he was “so well dressed.” He wasn’t. Dressed like a kid.
Master Allan Savage enjoyed the film (roll back a few days) AND something I know that most of you don’t is that Allan had played Spassky at one time, in Iceland! In a tournament. He said that Liev Schreiber’s performance was stand out perfect. Quite a contrast to someone who wrote to me (and ChessBase!) that Schreiber was, in effect, totally miscast. That fellow needs to see an ophthalmologist.
At this point the paper media needs to proclaim the movie, which it most likely won’t do. Tis a shame. Lot of great production values. If I have one “nit” to pick it would be with Fischer’s sister. Too much emphasis even though internally it was true. But Zwick did do a great job of limiting the number of characters in the movie so we could concentrate on the important stuff.
Thanks to those who commented and who will continue to comment.
P.S. In a 1990 issue of Chess Life I was browsing through last night there was a picture of three guys. One was Lombardy, the other was a teenage shot of Fischer (in the same picture, two feet away) of Bobby in a sweater (the other guy was a musician). Big nose which Tobey Maguire didn’t have–but Tobey put up a lot of the money to make this film. Thanks Tobey.