Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: September 20, 2019
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andrea_daleySep 22, 2019
Ironically, Roy Cohn was a mere child compared to today's Deep State and Corporate Media whose anti-Russia hysteria, paranoia, and conspiracy theories make Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn look sane and sound in comparison. Furthermore, while thereIronically, Roy Cohn was a mere child compared to today's Deep State and Corporate Media whose anti-Russia hysteria, paranoia, and conspiracy theories make Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn look sane and sound in comparison. Furthermore, while there were REAL COMMUNISTS in government back then -- the likes of Morton Sobell and the Rosenbergs sent Nuclear secrets to mass murderer Stalin -- , there has been ZERO evidence of Russia collusion with Trump. But the Power gets to do as it wishes, and the kind of snakes in Hollywood who made this movie seem to be lacking in self-awareness. Btw, Cohn had much in common with current Hollywood oligarchs. He was an arch Zionist who, like rest of Hollywood, supported the genocide of Palestinians. Expand
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BHBarryOct 1, 2019
“Where’s My Roy Cohn” is a documentary covering the life of this flamboyant and obviously intelligent lawyer who, in his early 20’s became counsel for the infamous Joseph McCarthy and his Committee investigating allegedly un-American“Where’s My Roy Cohn” is a documentary covering the life of this flamboyant and obviously intelligent lawyer who, in his early 20’s became counsel for the infamous Joseph McCarthy and his Committee investigating allegedly un-American activities in government.

Directed by Matt Tynauer, it is also the story of a self hating Jew and an equally self hating gay man who attacked homosexuals with the same vigor and vitality as he did in the pursuit of those same men to whom he was romantically attracted and sought. More than anything it is the study of evil and how it can harm innocent and principled entities and people and hopefully teaches us how to cope with it and, perhaps, even help us avoid its presence. I give the film an 8 for it not only entertains but informs as well.
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GinaKOct 14, 2019
An absorbing and fascinating documentary about a political powerbroker who worked behind the scenes where he had much more influence than he ever would have had if he had actually run for elective office. This is very much a “New York story”An absorbing and fascinating documentary about a political powerbroker who worked behind the scenes where he had much more influence than he ever would have had if he had actually run for elective office. This is very much a “New York story” and involves political figures like Donald Trump, Joseph McCarthy, and Richard Nixon among many others. Expand
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HollywoodGleeNov 27, 2019
Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Studio 54, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City) opened his latest work, Where's my Roy Cohn? at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, January 25th, 2019.Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor, Studio 54, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City) opened his latest work, Where's my Roy Cohn? at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, January 25th, 2019. Where's my Roy Cohn? is a documentary and premiered in the Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition. Utilizing traditional documentary techniques of voice-over narration, direct interviews, archival footage, and photographic stills, Trynauer exposes Cohn’s malign influence and contextualizes him as a modern Machiavelli who influences our country today at the highest level.

Cohn first came into the public eye as an assistant to J. Edgar Hoover and handled the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, a Jewish couple arrested, tried, convicted and executed for spying for Russia and securing Manhattan Project documents for the Russian government. Cohn, a twenty-three-year-old fast-rising attorney, claimed to have not only persuaded the presiding judge, Irving Kaufman, to impose the death penalty but also to have had Judge Irving assigned the case. Cohn's reward for the Rosenberg execution was an appointment as special counsel to the 1950s, US Senatorial demagogue, Joseph McCarthy.

Tyrnauer provides compelling evidence Cohn was responsible for much of McCarthy's demagoguery and rises to power. Soon, however, Cohn would cause his own and McCarthy's fall from grace. During the Army-McCarthy hearings, direct questioning revealed Cohn had a "special relationship" with G. David Schine and pressured the U.S. Army to give Schine preferential treatment. Cohn would resign after he was humiliated and pummeled with homophobic comments during the televised hearings. Cohn claimed everybody wanted him to stay on. According to those who worked with Cohn, this was not the case.

From here, Cohn would go onto be the personification of the dark arts of 20th-century American politics. Cohn became a mover and shaker of dubious means. He fluffed his persona despite inflicting financial losses on his clients and family. Trynauer shockingly unearths the origins of the seditious right wing’s ascent, revealing how Cohn, a deeply troubled master manipulator, has shaped our current political world. Cohn persistently defended himself by attacking his adversaries. Moreover, Cohn utilized the press to generate sensational public sympathy for his plight.

Cohn had refined his strategy well over the years as the primary press leaker during his McCarthy days gaining the friendship of the formidable press magnate, Walter Winchell, and a cadre of ambitious reporters. How Cohn had been able to pressure the judiciary was less clear. To me, his political clout emanated from his wide social circle of wealthy, influential friends. Cohn was known for throwing lavish parties and hobnobbed with almost every imaginable socialite of the day including then artist, Andy Warhol, and re-emerged as a New York power broker, mafia consigliere, white-collar criminal, and, eventually, the mentor of Donald J. Trump.

Following Cohn's lead, Trump began his flamboyant rise first on Cohn's shoulders and then his back. Eventually, Trump became the master of personal attacks, hyperbole, sensationalism, and utilizing the press to get out in front of the story. The similarities are uncanny and for me to say the likeness of these character trajectories are disturbing would be an understatement. One of the most powerful and politically revealing films of the festival.

Highly recommended!
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