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So begins the story dramatizing the rise of Rudy Giuliani in the New York Republican Party as an ambitious district attorney who was attempting to make his bones by prosecuting high profile cases. It profiles his political life through the end of second term as "hizzoner" of New York.
It illustrates in event after event, familiar to many New Yorkers the level to which one man would stoop to get even, and hurt people he considered his enemies. These "enemies" included his wife, the press, people who stole his thunder or the limelight, those who did not give him their utter fealty, those who disagreed with him, or just poor people whom he denied their constitutional right to federally funded food stamps.
This movie dramatically demonstrates Giuliani's intolerance of anyone's challenge to his authority, and his zero tolerance for criticism of any kind. But perhaps, his greatest hubris was his request of each mayoral candidate (whoever won) to delay being sworn in for three months. So great was Gotham's need for the guidance and leadership of Rudy Giuliani that he felt he was more important than the democratic process and the will of the people. He even wanted to go to court to get it.Read more ›
Rudy Giuliani, the less you will care for him. Especially now, with the media hanging the astonishing epithet "America's Mayor" on Giuliani is nothing short of outrageous. Such a tag overlooks almost everything in his two terms as mayor of New York.
Let's be honest. Giuliani is not a completely forgotten politician for one and only one reason: his physical presence near the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. To his credit and unlike our president (who was fearfully flying from one area of the United States to another--I still remember Peter Jennings's astonishment on learning that Bush was not flying back to Washington from Florida but to various spots west, baffled why the nation's leader wasn't . . . well, leading), Giuliani immediately put himself on the spot. Just as 9/11 saved Bush's political fortunes, so 9/11 saved Giuliani's. Indeed, when watching the documentary one is often struck by the resemblances between Bush and Giuliani. Both are antagonistic towards political dissent, both have adopted imperial styles of governing, both attempt to take credit for successes not due to them and refuse to assume responsibility for their failures, both are inflexible and incapable of changing course or listening to the advice of others, and both have little regard for civil rights protections in the Constitution. There is one major difference between the two: Bush seems to have little of the personal racial animosity that characterizes so many of Giuliani's policies. Bush's policies hurt blacks because as they fall into a poorer demographic and his policies favor primarily the well off.Read more ›
The film takes its title from the saying New York City police had for illegal policies the mayor implemented. When an officer searched a young black man for no reason it was "Giuliani time." Ditto the mayor's attack on street artists, whom police arrested for exercising their constitutional right of free speech. You've got to wonder what a city cop arriving home after busting a painter for displaying art told the kids when they asked, "What did you do to make the city safer today?"
GIULIANI TIME ends with 9/11 giving Rudolph Giuliani credibility a second time. Since then Giuliani again proved the Peter Principle, bombing in his run for United States president. Journalist Wayne Barrett, who has followed Giuliani's career and grants interviews to the GIULIANI TIME filmmakers, has since cowritten an informative book on the mayor's post-9/11 livelihood, GRAND ILLUSION. Warning: If you think you could not like Rudolph Giuliani less after GIULIANI TIME, wait until you read GRAND ILLUSION.
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I firmly believe that Keating was,in the parlance of our times"...........paid off,to direct such
a load of lies about Mayor Giuliani. Read more
Of course, Giuliani peetered out in his run for the White House, which came after this 06 release. So, if the filmmakers were trying to send a warning that he was the next Hitler,... Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by Bradley F. Smith
Every registered voter should see this film...bottom line, Giuliani is a scary man. He's a threat to your civil rights and will be far more oppressive than W. Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by S.