Koch

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Koch
Date:
February 11, 2013
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12:40, 2:40, 4:40, 6:40
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A lively and insightful portrait of former Mayor Ed Koch, the quintessential New Yorker

Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989—a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform. The tumult of his three terms included a fiercely competitive 1977 election; an infamous 1980 transit strike; the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives; and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention. (USA, 2012, 95 mins., color – Director: Neil Barsky)

“Highly entertaining, and at times quite moving.”
Ralph Gardner, Jr., WALL STREET JOURNAL

“New York may be a safer, cleaner and less argumentative place than it was in the 1980s, but he remains as contentious, as mischievous and at times as inflammatory as ever.” – A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

“An effective primer on a voluble and charismatic mayor who embodied the spirit of the city he loved.” – Nick Schager, VILLAGE VOICE

“Koch presents an uncommonly juicy subject for a documentary, and filmmaker Neil Barsky makes the most of the opportunity.”
- Lou Lumenick, NEW YORK POST

“A cinematic view of former New York City mayor Ed Koch. The warts and-all portrait of the complicated leader of a major metropolis explores both the political and the personal. ”
Milva DiDomizio, BOSTON GLOBE