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Buddy (2005)

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This film documents the rise and fall of Buddy Cianci, former Mayor of Providence, RI. It shows how he turned a rundown New England city in a vibrant community. It also shows the corruption... See full summary »

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This film documents the rise and fall of Buddy Cianci, former Mayor of Providence, RI. It shows how he turned a rundown New England city in a vibrant community. It also shows the corruption of the community from which he benefited. Despite have been convicted on Federal RICO charges and having gone to prison, he remains beloved in Providence. Many argue that he could easily be elected again. Written by dstern1

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Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor  »

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Absorbing tale of the complex relationship between a man, his city, and his soul
7 April 2007 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

A wonderful film!

While most modern political documentaries have an agenda, this film does not. Instead it shows the true shades of gray to be found in any relationship between a politician and those he works with.

Is Buddy a crook, a hero, an honest enabler of crooked men? This film had me answering "all of the above", and it did so without trying to force that answer upon me. Whatever you may know, or not know, of Buddy Cianci or his politics you will find him, and this film, captivating.

James Woods narration is very unforced, and does not attempt to sway you one way or the other - and the level of access that Buddy granted the director is surprising. While some may find it a weakness for a film to not take a clear position, the point of this film seems to be that there is no clear position to take - and that is what makes it all the more engrossing.


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