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Former Mayor Ed Koch is the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch, who died in February at the age of 88, 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.

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Witnesses NYC: A new film by director Neil Barsky, featuring more extraordinary 1980s archival footage plus interviews with New Yorkers a graffiti artist, a Wall Street executive, a crack dealer, a restaurateur, a peepshow employee, an activist/urban gardener and others who lived though the Koch years (29 min)

Director interview by filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig), for BYOD: Bring Your Own Doc (35 min)

Ed Koch Q&A at the New York Jewish Film Festival, his final public appearance (17 min)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2013
Format: DVD
I saw this movie some 2 months ago in the theatre here in Cincinnati, and notice that it is now finally listed on Amazon as a future DVD release.

"Koch" (2013 release; 95 min.) is an entertaining, if flawed, movie about Ed Koch, the three-term mayor of New York (1978-1989). The movie can essentially be divided up in two (concurrent) parts: there is a look back at Koch's tenure as New York's mayor, and that is interspersed with a look at how Koch goes about his life when the movie is filmed (in 2010), giving his candid thoughts on anyone and everything. By far the best part of the movie is the first half hour, as we see how Koch wins a tough election race as an underdog against Mario Cuomo and others, and then gets to deal with the state of affairs in New York, at that time as good as bankrupt (finacially and otherwise). The archival footage from those days remains fascinating to watch. We see Koch dealing with the housing crisis, the AIDS crisis, and so on. What is alomost entirely lacking, and a significant flaw in this movie, is understanding how Koch became the man that he was while governing NY. His background and upbringing are dealt with in literally a few minutes. What a shame. As to the latter-day footage, there is a scene where Koch spens Yom Kippur with his extended family that I found very telling (and touching).

Despite its flaws, this documentary (from first time director Neil Barsky--if the name sounds familiar, he is a former Wall Street Journal reporter) is never anything less than entertaining. Check out the footage from Saturday Night Live in 1983 where Eddie Murphy and Ed Koch are lapping it up. And here are a couple of quotes in the movie that stuck with me: a black politician commenting on Koch: "he's worse than a racist, he's an opportunist", ha!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on October 5, 2013
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Released just before the death of Edward I. Koch, the 2013 documentary KOCH literally follows the man around both present day and, via archival footage, during his spectacular rise and crashing fall as New York City's 105th mayor. As significant as anything in his political career, KOCH reminds us, was that Koch was at the forefront of the Democratic Party's sellout of working people, a "fiscal conservative and a social liberal."

Guys, let's say what it is. "Conservatives" represent the interests of the affluent, "liberals" of regular folks. Maybe Ed Koch came around, albeit not that quickly, to support gay men's health in the wake of the A.I.D.S. crisis. Sure, it's great to be alive in New York City but if you can't find an affordable place to rent because Koch policies support the real estate giants - oh, excuse me, I mean "conservatives" - moving poor people out and, with taxpayer subsidies no less, replacing their homes with luxury housing, well, there's always New Jersey.

KOCH neglects Koch's most embarrassing moment, his 1984 public harangue against then-presidential candidate Jesse Jackson. But on the whole the film does not hide how obnoxious the mayor could be, turning from charmer to snake in a heartbeat when faced with disagreement.

The Ed Koch movie I want to see will be based on the 1988 book CITY FOR SALE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee J. on August 13, 2013
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Mayor Ed Koch was truly a "love him or hate him" guy, I suppose, but he was always entertaining! Frankly, this was better than I expected and the producers seemed to get most of the facts straight (not always the case in these "documentaries.")

Had they waited just a bit longer, they could have covered Koch's funeral, where the church organist even dropped in a few bars of "New York, New York!"

Great history lesson for those who weren't around during the Mayor's tenure, too. Raise your hand if you remember that, while mayor, Ed once hosted SNL!
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By Roberta Black on April 17, 2014
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Former New York City mayor Ed Koch - love him or hate him, this is a great documentary to reflect NYC of the 80s. Enjoyed it immensely.
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By rosie on March 1, 2014
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I was a great admirerer of Koch. I thought he was a great mayor, and I am happy someone made a movie about him. I received it on time and enjoyed it very much
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By William on January 1, 2014
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Shows a very interesting side of the political machine operation to get someone elected then later get exposed for illegal operations
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By Lancer on November 25, 2013
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This documentary "gets" Koch and makes this complex politician an interesting character study. Koch the public and the private man are explored amidst the backdrop of one of NYC's most turbulent times.
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By Lorraine on October 27, 2013
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A fabulous film about an extraordinary mayor!! The film covers Koch's career form the late 70's to the end of his tenure in 1989. It also touches on his private life of family gatherings, which I found so heartwarming! "Koch, The Documentary", is a film well-worth seeing!!!
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