Date of Lecture: 1995-10-20
“The Paparazzi and the Cult of Celebrity” was the title of this event featuring a discussion between Victor Malafronte, a New York based paparazzo and Joseph Blasioli, the director of the acclaimed film, Blast’ Em. The film, a disturbing expose focusing on the life of celebrity photographers in New York, confronts the public’s fascination with fame and the troubling relationship between the media and the entertainers it deifies.
Film critic Jay Scott described Blast’ Em as “one of the most fascinating cinematic studies of the culture of celebrity ever made“; and the New York Times observed that although “vicious and funny” the film was ultimately “a very depressing portrait of our civilization.”
Malafronte, who stars in the film, is seen on the trail of Madonna, Jack Nicholson and Robert DeNiro. Though often outspoken, Malafronte maintains a forthright and pragmatic attitude toward his profession.
The discussion, moderated by Steven Manford, began with a screening of an excerpt from the film along with previously unseen footage and out-takes.