The hotly anticipated first screening of Alex Gibney's almost-finished documentary about Eliot Spitzer was held Saturday night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Apparently one of the the biggest surprises in the film is that [SPOILER!] former prostitute Ashley Dupré only met with Spitzer once. According to the film, an escort named "Angelina" was actually Spitzer's most-requested employee from the Emperors Club escort agency, which is also asserted in Peter Elkind's new book Rough Justice. (Elkind collaborated on the film with Gibney.)
Dupré refused to participate in the documentary because she wanted editorial control, and "Angelina" is also absent, though Gibney hired an actress to read a transcript of his interview with her. (She says Spitzer never wore socks during sex, shattering a beloved urban legend) According to Daily Intel, the film "hints heavily at a conservative conspiracy," and before the screening, Gibney told indieWIRE a story about an associate’s response to his plans for the film: “If you pull at these threads, the whole suit is going to fall apart,” he recalled, "evoking the intricate web of politics and deceit that lies beneath the story of Spitzer’s fall." After the screening, Gibney the audience, "This is a film about the suit falling apart."
The Observer's Azi Paybarah was also in the house, and filed a detailed review. He writes, "The movie leaves the impression that Mr. Spitzer is guilty of impolite efforts to wage war against scrupulous greedy business men, and for having a libido. Mr. Garcia's prosecution of Mr. Spitzer is questioned by the film, which also implies that Mr. Langone's wrath has punished all New Yorkers by depriving us of Mr. Spitzer's governance, which is certainly a new perspective. One thing missing in the movie is, arguably, the one thing everyone came to see: Mr. Spitzer giving something of himself. At times, Mr. Spitzer stares into the camera, his deep voice a stuttering command of his flaws. But Mr. Spitzer's tie is as tight as ever, and his eyes are as dry and as challenging as ever."