France, 2010, 52 mins. | Poland 2011, 33 min.
Paparazzi: Two new documentaries look into the problematic methods of the paparazzi. Being a paparazzi seems similar to being a private detective.
By Two recent documentaries about paparazzi and their methods seem more relevant than ever. Only one of them, the French documentary Exposed! The Ruthless Methods of the Paparazzi, deal directly with the case against the News of the World even though it is not fully updated with the latest developments.
Exposed! starts by portraying a French paparazzi in disguise. We see how he meets with informants who give him valuable information on the whereabouts, phone numbers and addresses of celebrities. The informants come from all parts of society: staff at phone companies, airline stewardesses, security personnel and even police officers are all sources the photographer cooperates with – and pays large sums of Euros – in order to get the information that is vital to his business. Another French paparazzi, this one not in disguise, proudly tells us how he plans to track down Bill Gates while he vacations in Paris. We follow this thorough planning and are at his side right there in the middle of the action when he trespasses private sections of the gardens at the Palace of Versailles and takes pictures of Bill Gates having lunch with his family. Afterwards, the photographer speaks about the battle between him and Gates’ many security officers.He speaks proudly, as if it had been a battle between David and Goliath. As eye witnesses to the paparazzi’s working day we can easily understand the adrenalin rush and why he gets so hooked on his work. Being a paparazzi seems similar to being a private detective. A lot of the same methods are involved including spying, secret meetings and tapping.
«STAFF AT PHONE COMPANIES, AIRLINE STEWARDESSES, SECURITY PERSONNEL AND EVEN POLICE OFFICERS ARE ALL SOURCES THE PHOTOGRAPHER COOPERATES WITH»
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