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Koch

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(No longer in theaters)
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  • Director: Neil Barsky   Cast: Ed Koch
  • Running Time: 95 minutes
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Genre

Documentary

Producer

Jenny Carchman

Distributor

Zeitgeist Films

Release Date

Feb 1, 2013

Release Notes

NY

Official Website

Review

Based on little but hearsay, I was set to dismiss Neil Barsky’s Ed Koch documentary Koch as a too-affectionate testimonial to a world-class narcissist—a mayor whose name might be attached to a major bridge but was known in his time for blowing up bridges between blacks and whites, gays and straights. But the film is a canny balancing act, making Koch’s arrogance so plain that you quickly move past it and concede that he accomplished remarkable things for a city that was broke and in chaos and with much of its housing stock in ruins. Time isn’t kind to men at once so exhibitionistic and empathy-­challenged: By the end of the film, you want him to go out with a measure of dignity.

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