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“Highly entertaining, and at times quite moving.”- Ralph Gardner, Jr., Wall Street Journal

“Nuanced and sophisticated .... former New York Mayor Ed Koch presents an uncommonly juicy subject for a documentary, and filmmaker Neil Barsky makes the most of the opportunity.”- Lou Lumenick, New York Post

“Fiercely honest ... intrigues and intoxicates like a David Mamet stage play ... a riveting portrait of a towering and polarizing man. It's also great fun!” - Asawin Suebsaeng, Mother Jones


Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch, who died in February, 2013 at the age of 88, 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. (Dir. by Neil Barsky, 2012, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated, Zeitgeist Films) Digital


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