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Eliot Spitzer's Sins Exposed in Documentary Debuting at the TriBeCa Film Festival

By Heather Grossmann | March 10, 2010 5:09pm | Updated on March 10, 2010 5:43pm
Eliot and Silda Spitzer in 2008
Eliot and Silda Spitzer in 2008
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By Heather Grossmann

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — Former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s exploits will be shown full frontal on the big screen in an upcoming documentary, with the film’s press release promising a tale of “hubris, sex, and power.”

The Wednesday announcement regarding the documentary film, directed by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney and set to premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival in April, comes just two days before the second anniversary of Spitzer’s resignation following a federal investigation in 2008 that revealed his penchant for prostitutes.

The as-yet-untitled film boasts “unique access” to those close to the ex-governor and will delve into both Spitzer’s extra-marital sex life and the impact the fall of the “Sheriff of Wall Street” had on the financial markets.

Gibney’s previous films include “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and “Taxi to the Dark Side,” which won him an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Just last week, Spitzer appeared in a tell-all book written by former close friend and advisor Lloyd Constantine.

But all of this does not seem to be the return to the public eye Spitzer had hoped for.

The ex-governor has been steadily rehabilitating his public image over the past year, first by writing a finance column for Slate.com and later by appearing on shows such as “The Colbert Report.”

Spitzer has been rumored to be considering re-entering public office, but has made no official moves to do so.

Spitzer's successor, Gov. David Paterson, is mired in scandals of his own, including charges that he lied under oath about accepting free New York Yankees tickets and interfered in a top aide's domestic abuse case.

The Spitzer documentary is still a “work in progress,” the film’s press release added.

Dates and times for the festival will be published in full on its Web site March 16.