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Storyville

Storyville

Alex Gibney (2010)

117min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
In this slick documentary, director Alex Gibney (Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room) focuses on the charismatic politician whose involvement with a prostitution ring led to his resignation as Governor of New York in 2008. It is amusing and somewhat sad that a man of Spitzer's energy and repute would succumb to purchasing "girlfriend experiences" for $1,000 per hour, and he relates the sorry tale himself with candour and a certain amount of shame-faced grace. There's also a certain irony that, during his tenure as Attorney General, Spitzer spoke at Harvard Law School regarding the banking crisis and quoted a T-shirt that read "Hubris is terminal", when it was exactly that which brought about his own fall. Gibney's detailed, meticulous analysis of Spitzer's career is concerned less with his subject's political and personal errors than with the behind-the-scenes machinations, and how enemies within his own ranks found a way of taking him down. The result is a sharp and very American probe into payback that puts forward a strong, if not entirely watertight, case.

Summary

Documentary following the rise and fall of American politician Eliot Spitzer. As attorney general for New York state, he made his reputation prosecuting financial crimes on Wall Street and went on to become governor, before a sex scandal brought his career to an abrupt end. Featuring interviews with Spitzer, colleagues, friends and political adversaries.

Cast & Crew

Eliot Spitzer Eliot Spitzer
Director Alex Gibney

Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Dogwoof Guidance: Contains swearing and nudity. Released on: 4 Mar 2011

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