Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Alex Gibney

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010), by Alex Gibney, analyzes the political and personal aspects of the comedown of New York's former governor. The film captures the shameless cat-who-ate-the-canary satisfaction of Spitzer's powerful opponents, such as Maurice Greenberg and Ken Langone. Gibney hammers away at the Spitzer-haters but also provides balance by including women who knew Spitzer as an escort service customer. Top still, in the film's funniest moment, Cecil Suwal, the former CEO of Emperor's Club VIP, breaks out into infectious hilarity when asked by the filmmaker, "You said that he wasn't that interested in the companionship...?" Botton still: Alex Gibney at far left with his cinematographer, Maryse Alberti, getting ready for a re-created interview using the words of one of the escorts as a script.
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