Posted April 28, 2011 by Alex Moss Editor in C
 
 

Client 9 DVD


A terrifying look at the power of Cooperate America and the lengths it will go in order to maintain its privileged position.

A terrifying look at the power of Cooperate America and the lengths it will go in order to maintain its privileged position.

While Hollywood is one to always jump on the bandwagon of something topical, there is already a film about Bin Laden’s death in the works, it often takes the documentary makers to lift the lid on an otherwise unheard of story. While the name Elliot Spitzer might be well known on American soil it is not known globally. If this film gets the attention it deserves then it is a name that will come to represent corruption at the highest levels of political and financial power.

Spitzer was the Governor Of New York, a former Attorney General who made it his mission to police Wall Street. It was his belief that you cannot allow the financial district to monitor itself and so set out to bring to justice those who felt they were above the law. Gaining the name ‘The Sheriff Of Wall Street’ Spitzer began to make numerous, very powerful, enemies.

As Alex Gibney’s documentary unfolds it becomes abundantly clear that something is rotten in the state of New York. Indepth interviews with Spitzer and many of the key players reveal how the moneymen saw Spitzer as a threat and would stop at nothing to bring him to his knees before he did the same to them. What makes Gibney’s work here so brilliant is that all too often those being interviewed almost certainly disclose more than they intend to.

By his own admission Spitzer was a victim of his own hubris. However, and it is here that the film provokes a tantalising viewpoint, he was revealed as being a member of an elite prostitution service While Spitzer declines to talk about this matter in detail he never denies it. As the escort girl he was involved with appears on Diane Sawyer and sees her career rise, so Spitzer’s name is dragged through the mud. In most prostitution cases the client’s name, hence the Client 9 of the title, is rarely revealed implying that Spitzer had angered those in the highest echelons of power.

Gibney’s film tells a story of Greek tragedy proportions. With the endless backstabbing and newspaper headlines this is the kind of material that Oliver Stone would weep over to make into an all-encompassing Faustian drama. There are villains so evil and powerful that only James Bond could end them by locating their underground bunker and blowing it to hell.

A startling insight into a world that few of us will ever see again. Suffice to say with this kind of journalism Gibney could well find himself on the receiving end of a sting of Spitzer proportions.

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Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com