Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz
Editing by Juliet Weber
Original music by Mark De Gli Antoni
USA, 2012, Zeitgeist Films, DCP, color, 95 min.
Ed Koch died on Feb 1, 2013. This documentary, KOCH, perfectly chronicles his complex, rich, engaging life.
“Former Mayor Ed Koch is the quintessential New Yorker. Still ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, the now 87-year-old 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.”
– Zeitgeist Films
“A sweeping yet personal cinematic portrait of the ‘quintessential New Yorker.’”
- Bob Feinberg, METROFOCUS
“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
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Wednesday, February 13, 7 PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village
(2700 W. Anderson Lane)
New York Times review of KOCH
New York Times Obituary for Ed Koch
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