We've Been Waiting for The Eliot Spitzer Movie

The highly anticipated documentary debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

We’ve Been Waiting for The Eliot Spitzer Movie

The highly anticipated documentary debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

-Faye Brennan

 Eliot Spitzer

The way Eliot Spitzer’s career unraveled as the former governor of New York sounded as if it came out of a movie script. There were call girls, phone records, a scorned wife, and a sleazy politician – the perfect formula for movie magic.

Eliot Spitzer’s story was so perfect, in fact, that Director Alex Gibney could not pass up the opportunity to make it into a film. The currently untitled documentary debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24. Gibney interviewed Spitzer four times during the making of the film, but unfortunately, Spitzer wasn’t there to catch the debut.

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Other key players involved in the scandal, like the now-famous call-girl Ashley Dupre and Eliot’s wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, did not grant interviews for the documentary. Dupre had requested editorial approval of the film in exchange for an interview, but Gibney denied her request. “I think everyone is trying to move on with their lives and by me participating in their project would only open old wounds,” Dupre said in an email to Newser.

It’s not always fun to watch a movie when you already know the ending, but we have a feeling this documentary will be a worthwhile flick. What do you think its title should be? (Newser)

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