As part of what has been unofficially labeled the Alex Gibney Film Festival, Tribeca unveiled the prolific Oscar-winner's officially untitled work-in-progress documentary about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Saturday night to a packed auditorium of lucky festival-goers (it was the only screening of the film as part of this event and therefore tickets were highly in-demand). Those who made it in were treated to a lengthy, in-depth and surprisingly sympathetic look at a fallen figure, and at many moments throughout the presentation the audience roared with laughter, often at the expense of those individuals interviewed onscreen.
Temporarily titled Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, the film details the shamed politician's career from Wall Street-wrangling Attorney General to reform-bent state leader. Focusing on the many enemies and wrong kinds of "friends" Spitzer made throughout his decade in office, Gibney, with help from author Peter Elkind, speculates on the connection between the two, implying that a conspiracy led to the Governor's 2008 resignation as much as did his regular hiring of prostitutes. Elkind, who was also Gibney's collaborator for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, has also recently published a non-fiction book on the story, titled Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.