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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer | HEY, OLD FELLA! Former AIG chairman Maurice Hank Greenberg in Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

HEY, OLD FELLA! Former AIG chairman Maurice Hank Greenberg in Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

B+

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Genre: Documentary; Director: Alex Gibney; Release Date Wide: 11/05/2010; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Sex, hubris, money, politics, black socks, conspiracy: Alex Gibney’s documentary Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer deepens the saga of New York’s former governor and attorney general into the paradoxical morality play it really was. Spitzer, almost three years after he was caught soliciting escorts, comes off as chastened but still regal, like a hawkeyed Jewish Kennedy. The film portrays him as a man brought down by his private peccadilloes — but also by his spiky fearlessness about making enemies. B+

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Originally posted November 3 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT

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