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

Client 9 - The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
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Sexual references, nudity and coarse language

Director: Alex Gibney
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NY's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, prosecuted crimes by America's largest financial institutions and some of the world's most powerful CEOs. After becoming Governor, many believed he was en route to the White House. But when it was revealed that Spitzer had been caught seeing prostitutes, the Sheriff of Wall Street fell quickly from grace. With unique access, the film explores the hidden contours of hubris, sex and power.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 113mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital
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by Simon Miraudo,

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side) turns his eye to the former Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, in his latest film. Once the self-proclaimed ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ and on track to become president, Spitzer’s dalliances with a VIP escort service saw him toppled from power. Like all good Greek tragedies, Spitzer was victim to his hubris, and his secret shame plastered newspapers across America. But, Gibney posits, perhaps a good politician is worth some questionable sexual peccadilloes. With Spitzer out of the picture, Wall Street was able to roll back some of his stringent regulations, leading directly to the market crash of 2008. Did his powerful, and very rich enemies, target and track Spitzer, hoping to catch him in a scandal and out him from office? So sug...

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side) turns his eye to the former Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, in his latest film. Once the self-proclaimed ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ and on track to become president, Spitzer’s dalliances with a VIP escort service saw him toppled from power. Like all good Greek tragedies, Spitzer was victim to his hubris, and his secret shame plastered newspapers across America. But, Gibney posits, perhaps a good politician is worth some questionable sexual peccadilloes. With Spitzer out of the picture, Wall Street was able to roll back some of his stringent regulations, leading directly to the market crash of 2008. Did his powerful, and very rich enemies, target and track Spitzer, hoping to catch him in a scandal and out him from office?

So suggests Client-9, which is a fascinating, if occasionally fawning, character study of the man who would be king. Gibney offers some nice touches, opening and closing with artists describing the state of New York, and setting the scene for one of the biggest political scandals of recent years. As has already been mentioned, the parallels with classic Greek tragedies come thick and fast, but they’re not unwarranted. Gibney’s biggest coup is his one-on-one interview with a mostly-candid Spitzer, who is open and honest about the situation (without getting into grimy details) and accepting blame for his situation.

3/5

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Member Reviews (6)

John
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Why someone gets dumped from office for having sex is one of the ongoing oddities of American politics. Did the guy really ever do anything bad? And its not even a crime! lol
Posted Monday, 7 October 2013 See my other reviews
liz
says
Not uplifting
Posted Monday, 23 April 2012 See my other reviews
lolmac
says
Excellent well presented documentary. Even if you don't follow politics at all this is really interesting to see what temptation can do to what was once an amazingly promising career. 5 stars!
Posted Wednesday, 18 April 2012 See my other reviews
helen
says
Good viewing and sadly very real - shows just how politics is dirty
Posted Sunday, 1 April 2012 See my other reviews
Brian Fitzjohn
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Where to start? This is an important movie/documentary for anyone investing in the share market - which is everyone if you have superannuation. For those who do not know, the title is misleading., as the title refers to the FBI name for the escort who brought down the former Governor of New York. To me, Eliot Spitzer is a true hero but flawed because he was human. Difference between him and Bill Clinton? Eliot made more enemies. Recommended for any share traders.
Posted Monday, 19 March 2012 See my other reviews
The_Franch
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Always enjoy Alex Gibney docos, and he does a good job at balancing the good and bad of Spitzer.
Posted Wednesday, 22 February 2012 See my other reviews
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