Buddy, The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor
Jul 08, 2013
(Cherry Arnold, USA, 2007, Blu-ray, 86 min)
Introduced by Peter Steinbrueck
They say all politics begins locally, and if the life of Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci proves it, so does the political career of Peter Steinbrueck, a man whose father left an indelible mark on Seattle. While they both have well-known political names, the similarities stop there, so it's interesting that Steinbrueck selects Buddy, The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor, a portrait of the longest-serving mayor in modern day history.
Cherry Arnold's Emmy award-winning documentary paints a complex and compelling portrait about this often contradictory and always audacious public figure. Cianci became the youngest man and the first Italian-American to become mayor of Providence, as well as the first Republican to unseat a Democrat stronghold of more than thirty years. From "Buddy's" early promise as an attorney prosecuting organized crime, to his success overseeing Providence's "renaissance," the film tracks Cianci's entanglements with city council opposition, union skirmishes, personal scandals and criminal indictments. The result is a fascinating study of American local politics and a surprising tale of a man who, in the words of one commentator, "has a city as his mistress."