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December 17, 2011
this kind of story alwayss intrigues me: powerful men being "taken down" by their never ending pursuit of
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December 16, 2011
For those of you who might have forgotten or do not live in New York, Eliot Spitzer was the governor of New York who was forced to resign after a year in office, due to a sex scandal. He came to prominence as the state attorney general, going after Wall Street's greedy and immoral practices, foreseeing Wall Street's 2008 collapse.

Even with Spitzer on hand to answer questions, there is really not that much insight in the documentary "Client 9" as to why Spitzer did what he did, concerning his fall from grace, thus helping to destroy the great man theory of history. Said downfall began in March 2006 when he started paying escorts for sex which was also the same time his run for governor began, immediately followed by mentions in the media of a future Presidential run. Before getting ahead of ourselves, rewind to the fact that Spitzer made a great prosecutor where his 'my way or the highway' style worked wonders but did not work as well in the state house where he was a questionable governor at best, unwilling to work with others. And maybe he knew that going in, causing him to self-destruct before things got any farther so as not to disappoint his domineering father. In fact, you could say that Spitzer had a talent for making powerful enemies(including billionaire Paul Langone, AIG CEO Hank Greenberg and State Senate Senate President Joseph Bruno)but not friends, and it should have surprised nobody that they would go after him, eventually exposing him.(By contrast, there are tons of people in this country who would give half of their reproductive organs to get anything on Ralph Nader. The end result: nothing.) And he would probably not have had to resign if he had the backing of his party which he did not. That goes back to what Sydney Biddle Barrows wrote about escorts(of which too much time is spent on in the documentary) in that it is as much about the sex as it is about companionship, especially for somebody who is so lonely.

For the record, I do believe David Paterson was mainly brought up on charges of corruption towards the end of his term of office due to his poor chances of winning election to a full term. This is one of only three conspiracy theories I actually believe in.
December 15, 2011
extremely interesting even as a non American who has no prior knowledge on the story. i know i always say it but its another documentary about how corrupt the US government is and we have no control... worst thing is... the 'act' of corruption (sex) in this flick is not nearly (or even comes close) to the crimes we see in other docs (global warming, corporation etc) yet the drop is a lot further for its effect.
½ November 7, 2011
This film is good to pair with Inside Job. I learned a lot more about what happened and all of the poitics that were involved in this issue
October 27, 2011
A titans power-play.
½ October 2, 2011
Good documentary about human failings and political power
September 15, 2011
El cliente nÂș 9 [2010]
½ September 13, 2011
Why I will never run for office...mess with the powerful and they'll dig out all your skeletons...and our skeletons are much jucier and entertaining than simply hiring an escort.
September 6, 2011
A sadly comedic and, in the end, pithy illustration of the corruption that gnaws at the heart of the American dream
½ September 5, 2011
I didn't really follow this when it happened. This was a very well-made documentary. Interesting.
August 31, 2011
It seems like the Spitzer case was just a lot of circumstantial evidence, and this film also paints a really ugly picture of Wall Street. Was interesting to hear from Spitzer himself.
August 7, 2011
Candidly accomplished!
August 6, 2011
Spitzer is a sharp guy. Read any of his articles in Newsweek about the economy if you get a chance. He may have screwed up, but had plenty of enemies wanting to see him fall far. The Wall Street guys interviewed don't seem to care that they can't conceal they are full of crap.
July 27, 2011
Excellent documentary. Really did a nice job of examining all sides of the issues, Spitzer is not portrayed as a lamb who was slaughtered, but rather a real human being who has faults in addition to accolades and ambitions. Interviews with Spitzer himself were also very well done. The "movie" parts of the movie are also quite good, pacing was excellent, good interlacing of archival footage juxtaposed with interviews, and the use of the actress playing the part of the call girl I thought was done well.
July 27, 2011
Muy buen documental!. Choque de poderes.
½ July 3, 2011
So often, documentaries are praised because they bring interesting information to light, not because of the directorâ(TM)s craft or production values. The documentary combines interviews with archival footage, mixing objective facts with subjective opinions. Viewers leave the theatre believing that they have been totally informed about the latest crisis which is about to erupt when in fact they were only shown highlights of one side of the issue. The works can still be a productive use of two hours but one must keep their critical thinking filters on at all times.

At first glance, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer appears to be relatively fair with a slight Democratic tilt. The story covers Eliot Spitzerâ(TM)s career in New York politics, beginning with his days as state Attorney General and âSheriff of Wall Streetâ? until his ignominious resignation as Governor after a prostitution scandal. Spitzer provided excellent access and seemed frank and introspective during his lengthy interview. Opponents were also interviewed although the film left viewers with the impression that they were cautious and guarded. Out of all the interview subjects, itâ(TM)s possible that the call girls who spoke on camera were the most thoughtful and sensible individuals of them all.

Spitzer is a figure who deserves more credit for his work on Wall Street from 1998 to 2006. Unfortunately, politics dictates that he will never receive it. As a prosecutor, he targeted outlandish executive compensation, derivatives of questionable merit, inflated stock prices, and commissions in the finance and insurance businesses -- all of which were partially responsible for the massive economic crisis in 2007. In fact, because his personal values were discredited, some of Spitzerâ(TM)s work has been questioned and the regulation he sought rolled back. So many people saw what was happening and spoke out but because they were not part of the Wall Street or Federal Treasury elite, their views were ignored.

Yet, there is a reason that Spitzer is a commentator on CNN instead of possible presidential candidate in 2016. Politics is a blood sport. Spitzer ruffled a lot of feathers on Wall Street and in Albany and when he slipped up by participating in a New York City escort service, his opponents were unwilling to let him up. It may have been unfair, considering how other prostitution cases were handled but he reaped what he had sowed. He was an aggressive prosecutor and an abrasive politician. It no longer mattered whether he was right or not because both insiders and the media had tired of him.

To Spitzerâ(TM)s credit, he admits his mistakes on camera and acknowledges how he could have acted differently. By interviewing friends and foes, director Alex Gibney tries to paint as complete a picture of a decade in his life. Does anyone live life without making mistakes? Probably Not. Has the justice system become totally politicized? Probably. However, Spitzer understands that there is nothing he can do about any perceived unfairness in his case and looks to the future, not the past.
June 28, 2011
Shows both sides evenly of Eliot Spitzer. You can see that he isn't the innocent man who he says he is but can see the harsh punishment he received for his actions. An exciting story but slow at some points. Also, a hired actress for a talking head who is brutally distracting.
½ June 19, 2011
Highly democratic in nature, the film still gives a great timeline and portrait of what happened to Governor Spitzer. Many excuses are bright to the table but with Eliot on record in the documentary he owns up to all that was done in dramatic fashion.
June 18, 2011
Good movie. Amazing look into the real world of American economy and politics. If INSIDE JOB was Econ 101 this would be considered Econ 201. A must see. Power VS sex which is greater?
June 6, 2011
Watched this last night. Great movie
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