It seems the central point might be that hate, and beyond that, fear, might be the most powerful force in the US today, if not the world... RS has gleefully exploited that observation, and built a career around it.
The doc makes it clear that RS had a lot to do with getting our current prez elected, and hints that he might have been involved with the story that is in the news at this moment.
This was five years in the making, and was started when RS was on the outs with the Republican Party, and was relegated to working for foreign dictators.
Even the filmmakers didn't know that Stone was going to be back in the limelight again by the time the film was being finished.
You might as well see the film now, because it's going to all anyone will be talking about for the next few weeks...
Basically, that's the pattern of the whole movie, and while it's kind of creepy, it gets kind of monotonous after a while, and I found myself wishing that the film would just end. Certainly, the two leads give good performances, but the director doesn't help them much in his choice of presenting the story in the manner of a play, rather than as a work of cinema.
The direction, writing, editing, and acting are superb; bringing out the the painful transition East Germany went through following German unification from Communism to Democracy, as experienced by the three groups mentioned above. The frightening rise of the Neo-Nazi movement is shown as a result of the intolerance of foreigners, disillusioned young people, and that insane nationalistic streak so prominent in certain Germans. The horrible result of the 'German X' is depicted through the suffering of a Turkish immigrant family when their patriarch is murdered by three members of the far Right movement, who were the focus of the first episode. In the third episode, the police investigation by a fractured police force composed of former Stasi officers, and new political appointees, both targeting each other. As a result, the investigation of the slew of murders of Turkish businessman takes eleven years to finally find the culprits, but that is only achieved when two of the murderers supposedly, and mysteriously, commit 'suicide', and the third culprit turns herself in.
The eleven years the 'terrible trio' went on their murder spree are not shown in the series, and I suspect they will be the subject matter of the following episode.
It turned out to be about a story I vaguely remembered hearing about on the news; a guy who was impersonation a scion of the Rockefeller family.
However, that was just the surface of the story, as this German citizen had been impersonating and lying his way through life in the US since high school to become a part of of the wealthiest circles in places like San Marino CA, Greenwich Conn., Wall St. NYC, Boston's 'Cafe Society', and some wealthy enclave in New Hampshire.
If that was all he did, it would be just a benign story of a social climbing parasite, who used lived off of two high earning women to fund his escapades. But the fact that he murdered at least two innocent people, and hacked up their bodies so completely, that one of them was only discovered because the house owners decided to dig up their backyard to build a swimming pool, revealed that this man was a murderous sociopath, who would stop at nothing to achieve his ridiculous goals in life.
I felt like there could have been more included in the doc, considering two books had been written about this guy, and Lifetime even made a docudrama about this man, from the POV of one of his wives.
The second body, the first victim's wife, was never found.
A film like Panic In Needle Park was done before the gentrification of Manhattan, so its Manhattan setting was quite believable, but the author of the 'book' this was based on, Ms. Holmes, said in an interview that most of the incidents this was based on were taken from her life in Bayonne, NJ. The brothers that made this flick met Ms. Holmes on the subway while she was doing some type of apprenticeship in the Diamond District.
I suppose that Ms. Holmes decided to set, "Mad Love in NYC" in NYC, because who would care about a book called "Mad Love in Bayonne"?
I had just seen "My Beautiful Broken Brain", and it seems to be a trend of having beautiful women who have gone through bad ordeals, starring in films about said ordeals. If both of these movies were about unattractive women, I doubt they would have had any marketability, hence probably wouldn't be made, but hey, it worked in my case; I wouldn't have watched either movie if their stars weren't so gorgeous!
All they needed to do was make Mr. Hush a multiple personality of the idiot father, and he had hallucinated the priest killing his family, or something like that, but no, this thing played out as a straight plot! I don't give movies a one if they have bad production values, or a few bad actors, or a low budget, but this one looked okay, and had what seemed like poor acting, which I thought was going to be redeemed by the fact that the father was really a psycho killer. All you can really feel is pity for anyone involved in this film.