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New Meetup: Client 9 (The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer)@ Laemmle Sunset 5 November 14th

From: Philip
Sent on: Friday, November 12, 2010 12:56 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: Client 9 (The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer)@ Laemmle Sunset 5 November 14th

When: Sunday, November 14,[masked]:45 PM

Where: Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theater
8000 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90046

This film about the former governor of New York's fall from grace gets an 88% on the Tomato Meter from Critics and a 96% from the Audience. If you would like to meet before for dinner there are several restaurants nearby. Indicate that on your RSVP. I will be in the lobby wearing my blue dodgers jacket at 6:45 PM. Movie starts at 7 PM. Parking is validated in the garage.

Film Summary
This documentary feature takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Nicknamed "The Sheriff of Wall Street," when he was NY's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America?s largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as Governor, with the largest margin in the state's history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's first Jewish President. Then, shockingly, Spitzer?s meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer - the paragon of rectitude - had been caught seeing prostitutes. As his powerful enemies gloated, his supporters questioned the timing of it all: as the Sheriff fell, so did the financial markets, in a cataclysm that threatened to unravel the global economy. With unique access to the escort world as well as friends, colleagues and enemies of the ex-Governor (many of whom have come forward for the first time) the film explores the hidden contours of this tale of hubris, sex, and power.

Directed by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Taxi to the Dark Side).

"An utterly fascinating look at many things you didn't know about the Eliot Spitzer scandal." (Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter)

?As irresistible as the Ashley and Angelina material may be, that stuff is really the icing on Gibney's cake, which is an elegantly told New York fable about a smart, arrogant guy who made a whole lot of the wrong kinds of enemies.? (Andrew O?Hehir, Salon)

A Review by Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal:

'Client 9: The Rise And Fall of Eliot Spitzer'

This documentary explores the rise and fall of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Say what you will about Eliot Spitzer, he's a marvelous subject for a documentary, and Alex Gibney has made a film worthy of him; it goes into national release Friday. The first part of the title explains itself, although it may be news to you, as it was to me, that the high-end hookers of the Emperors Club VIP were ranked by diamonds instead of stars, and, just like any consumer product on, rated by user reviews. (The client number was revealed by a federal affidavit in the case against the club.) The title's second part is obvious, too, though no rise in contemporary politics was ever swifter, and no fall more ignominious. The surprises in Mr. Gibney's movie are its subject's candor, limited mainly by the rigidity of his personality, and the strength of its contention that Mr. Spitzer was brought down not only by his sexual follies but by the formidable enemies he made on the way up.

For anyone interested in those follies?that means pretty much everyone, doesn't it??"Client 9" offers a dramatized reading of an account provided by the hooker he favored: not Ashley Dupre, who has made a media career out of a one-night stand, but a woman who called herself Angelina during the time the former Sheriff of Wall Street was governor of New York. Since Angelina declined to be on camera, her words are performed by a bright and attractive actress (Wrenn Schmidt) who may have made her real-life character a bit too bright, though maybe not; Angelina's physical allure is never at issue.

For those interested in high-end politics, a sport that makes professional football look polite, the film offers an incomparable gallery of rogues, knaves and self-styled knights. At center stage is Mr. Spitzer, of course, managing to be marginally less off-putting than you might imagine. We also meet Joe Bruno, a former majority leader of the New York State Senate; Hank Greenberg, the former head of AIG; Ken Langone, a billionaire businessman and a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and the political consultant and dirty trickster Roger Stone. Men like these, the movie shows, must not be taken on lightly.

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