Roy Cohn, the key to unlocking Donald Trump’s DNA, is flayed, splayed and dissected in this acclaimed documentary by Matt Tyrnauer. Cohn was one of the most diabolical and influential American figures of the 20th century, first the ruthless and unscrupulous Svengali who orchestrated Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt in the 1950s, and then the man who molded the career of the young Queens real estate developer who now faces impeachment. Two nights only.
“Flamboyant, terrifying, and pointedly timely…” — Ella Taylor, NPR
“A diabolical public figure mesmerizes from the grave.” — Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
“Matt Tyrnauer’s absorbing documentary about the notorious New York fixer and mentor to Donald Trump…[profiles] a man who may be long gone, but whose impulses and pursuit of power live on through his most famous protegé.” — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“It offers a blunt, ruthless evisceration—which is to say, a clear-eyed assessment—of the brilliant legal mind who helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair and made his reputation as Joseph McCarthy’s attack dog.” — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Ken Auletta, Roy M. Cohn, Joseph McCarthy, Sam Roberts