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Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn

  • Documentary
  • 2019
  • Ivy Meeropol
  • PG
    More info: UK: General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children

Summary

Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol investigates the controversial yet fascinating life of high profile New York broker Roy Cohn.

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Roy Cohn was an infamous New York lawyer who left a trail of bullying, sharp practice and sleaze. This profile of him gets added heft from the fact it was directed by Ivy Meeropol: Cohn was partly responsible, as a young prosecutor, for sending Meeropol’s grandparents to the electric chair for spying on behalf of the Soviets.

But the charge sheet against Cohn is longer and more complicated. He worked alongside Senator Joseph McCarthy. He defended mobsters. He acted for Donald Trump in the 1970s, when the latter was accused of racist housing policies and he mentored Trump in the uses of publicity and legal chicanery. (It was reportedly also he who introduced Trump to Rupert Murdoch.) The film highlights Cohn’s more prosaic flaws, too, such as a reluctance to pay laundry bills… and a fondness for hard drugs at the dinner table.

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