Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 38m

Fixer for mob boss Tony Salerno, mentor to Donald Trump, and the prosecutor who secured the 1951 espionage conviction of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg by questionable means, cold warrior Roy Cohn remains a study in contradictions long after his death. Cohn was notorious for his “win at all costs” machismo and for leaving behind unpaid bills, yet he was also a party animal who frequented New York’s Studio 54 and the gay mecca of Provincetown, Massachusetts. This impeccably researched and surprisingly personal look at Cohn was directed by Ivy Meeropol, granddaughter of the Rosenbergs, who grounds her investigation in interviews with figures as diverse as Alan Dershowitz, Cindy Adams, and John Waters. Tracing Cohn’s move into Washington politics during the 1980s as the champion of a cadre that included Donald Trump, Roger Stone, and Paul Manafort, Meeropol offers insight into his profound influence on contemporary politics and captures the multitudes contained in this man. MP

Director

Ivy Meeropol

Producer

Julie Goldman

Producer

Carolyn Hepburn

Producer

Ivy Meeropol

Editor

Adam Kurnitz

Editor

Anne Alvergue

Cinematographer

Daniel B. Gold