I give this film an 8.4. This documentary does an amazing job of distributing interest between the life of photographer Ron Galella and the lives of his subjects. Not knowing much about this documentary going in, I was immediately captivated by the methods in which Galella used to capture his methods. Sneaking in, back exits, and locking himself in a factory may be seen by some as obsessive and privacy invading, but I see it as creative and pioneering. Because all these years later, no one else has the photographs of Liz Taylor on her yacht and those pictures are the ones that have survived. That being said, I do not believe that Galella did anything wrong by taking pictures of these celebrities, no matter how elaborate and frequent his efforts were because he never truly hurt anyone. He made his living in a different way than most others but the truth is, when you open up a magazine, you probably want to the photo that captures a pissed off expression of a celebrity. For getting whatever they want, the price celebrities have to be is having their privacy invaded, that’s the cost: they know that going in and there is no reason why someone should have sued Ron Galella. The ending montage of “I’ll Be Seeing You” with all the photographs of the stars over the years was beautiful, magical, nostalgic and it also prompted me with a new ideology. I would always get angry when people in my generation did not know who important figures and classic stars were but really, does it matter? Does it matter if someone could tell the difference between Clark Gable and Cary Grant? Because the truth is I wouldn’t be able to name most of the current musical artists if they were in a lineup. Time goes on and names are lost (I mean, would you know what Andrew Jackson looked like if you weren’t constantly reminded of him on the $20 bill?) but there will always be people who remember. Even if the number is small, at least a few people know, and that is really all that matters. While Galella’s time of interest has long passed, he perfectly captured the interesting moments in gorgeous black and white photographs which will always be around for those who wish to learn. Also, I give him credit because I would have passed out if I saw all these celebrities (seriously, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock all in montage next to each other) and his method is still old-school, which still works the best.