Searching for Bobby Fischer
1993 | 109 min. | Rated PG | Comedy, Drama
followed by a discussion with Fred and Josh Waitzkin
Tuesday August 20, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Based on a Book by Fred Waitzkin
Starring Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne and Max Pomeranc
Join Fred Waitzkin, author of the book, and his son, Josh, for a screening of much loved SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER followed by a discussion by father and son of Fred’s highly acclaimed new novel, The Dream Merchant. Vineyard Psychiatrist Charles Silberstein will ask provocative questions to this well known father-son team about the creative process in Fred’s fiction, as well as in Josh’s championship days as a chess player and world champion martial artist.
After their talk we’ll serve wine and Fred will sign copies of his new novel, The Dream Merchant.
SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER stars Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, Joe Montegna and Max Pomeranc
The book and movie were inspired by the life of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin, as written by his father Fred Waitzkin. Josh (Max Pomeranc) is a “regular kid” who begins evincing signs of being a genius at chess. His father (Joe Mantegna) encourages this, hoping that it won’t fundamentally change his son’s healthy outlook on life. But Josh is taken under the wing of cold-blooded chess instructor Bruce Pandolfini (Ben Kingsley), who indoctrinates the boy in the “Bobby Fischer” strategy. Unfortunately, Pandolfini emphasizes all of Fischer’s negative traits, especially his contempt for his opponents. Josh is in danger throughout the film of sacrificing his essential decency, but in a rousing conclusion, the boy is able to successfully blend ruthless competition with good sportsmanship.
-Hal Erickson Rovi
“The Dream Merchant is a Masterpiece. A cross between Death of a Salesman and Heart of Darkness, the narrative evokes a pathos that is almost unbearable, an eroticism that can raise a blush, and an adventure story that is as dark as it is compelling.”
– New York Times’ bestselling author Anita Shreve
“Very few writers can deliver a story with this much heart. It is a great novel.”
– Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
"Searching for Bobby Fischer does for chess what The Karate Kid did for martial arts, albeit with considerably more complexity and class."
--Rita Kempley, Washington Post
Academy Award Nominee for Best Cinematography