Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

Director: Alex Gibney

Writer: Alex Gibney

Composer: Peter Nashel

Starring: Alex Gibney, Eliot Spitzer, Hulbert Waldroup, Lloyd Constantine, Peter Elkind, Darren Dropp, Zana Brazdek, Roger Stone

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Money. Sex. Power. Betrayal.

Plot: An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

I hate people sometimes and particularly hate assholes.  Eliot Spitzer, by what I saw in this film, seems like a good man.  He fucked up and paid for sex which is illegal.  In this case it was a victimless crime.  I think prostitution should be legal but that's for another discussion.  Of all crimes for a man's career to be destroyed over, this is one of the silliest.  Again, Spitzer was an idiot for engaging in illegal activity.   I do admire him for at least being in this film and talking about this.  On the other side you've got his political enemies who wanted nothing more than to ruin Spitzer.  By all accounts, Spitzer was doing a lot of great things and that involved breaking some eggs.  Well these eggs didn't like it.  Roger Stone was hired to bring this man down and that's what he did.  How can you dig a guy that's got a life size head of Richard Nixon tattooed on his back?  That's all kinds of fucked up.  Anyway, Stone is a douchebag.  This film is well done, interesting and compelling.  I knew nothing of this incident and now I'm ready to watch it again.

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