Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer

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R | Documentary
  • Director: Alex Gibney
  • Year: 2011


Editor's Notes: Sex has been very much a part of this year's election, whether it's allegations of affairs by Republican contenders or the past mistakes of a Democratic front-runner's husband. In this documentary, Oscar-winner Alex Gibney's takes you inside one of the biggest political scandals of the decade, as newly-elected New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, a fierce law-and-order candidate, sees his patronage of $1,000-an-hour ;escorts' made public -- and then finds the public incensed by his mistakes. Ranging from the halls of power to the behind-the-scenes workings of Manhattan's priciest and most privileged 'escorts,' Client 9 is a fascinating look at what happens when ambition clashes with appetite, chronicling the story of a man who thought he could get away with what he was doing -- and what happened when he was proven wrong.  Synopsis:  CLIENT 9 takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. As New York’s Attorney General, Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as Governor, many believed he was on his way to becoming the President. The New York Times revealed that Spitzer had been caught seeing prostitutes, and the “Sheriff of Wall Street” fell quickly from grace. With unique access, the film explores the hidden contours of this tale of hubris, sex, and power.Keywords: Political government american politics sex scandal derailed political career crime criminal power

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