The death penalty, New York City on the verge of bankruptcy, “Ford to New York: Drop Dead,” the black out of the summer of ’77, massive looting, Son of Sam, the closing of the Sydenham Hospital, the alienation of the black community, rumors of being gay, alienation of the gay community over his response, or lack thereof, to the AIDS crisis, “How am I doing?,” Bella Abzug, Bess Meyerson, Charles Rangle, Al Sharpton, Mario Cuomo, “Vote for Cuomo not the homo,” and many other incidents and personalities all provide for a no holds barred, nostalgic, wild ride of a portrait of former, larger than life, New York City mayor Ed Koch who represented the rough and tumble of the city during the 70s and 80s.”
“Koch” has been brilliantly put together with generous amounts of stock footage, newsreel footage, stills, newspaper headlines and interviews with those who were there, journalists and politicians, plus amazingly candid interviews with the subject himself. The late mayor, who participated fully in this documentary (and who died on the day this film was released) was well into his eighties, feisty and unapologetic about his political career. He admits he made mistakes, but fed off of being frank, down to earth and always in the spotlight.
“Koch” is an historical, nostalgic, funny, fast paced portrait of, as one interviewee puts it, a man who “was one hell of a personality.”
“Koch” is playing locally at Angelika Film Center, 18 West Houston Street.
“Koch” director Neil Barsky, 2012,
Zeitgeist Films, 100 minutes
Posted on March 4, 2013, in Documentary, New and tagged Al Sharpton, Angelika Film Center, Bella Abzug, Bess Meyerson, Charles Rangle, Ed Koch, Ford to New York: Drop Dead, Koch, Son of Sam, Sydenham Hospital, Vote for Cuomo not the Homo. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.