Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Friend Rockefeller - 2015 movie

Can you imagine a situation where you met someone and assumed he was the person he said he was, and then found out that everything he told you was a lie? What if he had been your friend, a business associate, a boyfriend, or indeed, even a husband? I would feel so ashamed, so betrayed, so stupid. Most of us think we are pretty good judges of character. But how do we really know?

If this is intrigues you, you might like to see a documentary film which is on Netflix streaming. It is called My Friend Rockefeller. I was riveted. I sat down expecting to just give it a try, and maybe quit after a few minutes, but I watched it straight through.

You may read more about it on various internet sites, including the IMDB site here. Click there only if you don't mind knowing the plot before you watch. I had just a very vague memory of hearing something about "Clark Rockefeller." There have been a few other tellings of this tale, including a couple fictional versions, but this is the real deal, the real story which is incredible and strange.

The official website is here, but again much is revealed. The story takes us from Germany to California, New York, Connecticut, Boston, and New Hampshire. It is done very well, and I was fascinated.

7 comments:

  1. I'll put this on my list to watch, so I won't read anymore about it right now.

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    1. I'll be interested to hear what you think.

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  2. Good documentaries are something I enjoy very much, just like I enjoy good non-fiction reading. As I probably won't be watching this particular movie anytime soon, I am going to click the links to find out more - I am intrigued.

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    1. I wonder if he was known over there, since he was born in Germany. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Gerhartsreiter

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    2. Thank you, Nan - I read both the English and the German wikipedia articles right after I left my comment :-)

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  3. I always find the best recommendations right here, Nan, and am adding this to my list. By the way, I'm certainly enjoying podcasts these days, especially while knitting in the heat wave we're having. Don't know if you listen, but if you ever do, I would highly recommend This American Life, Invisibilia, and Serial.

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    1. I tend to go to the websites and listen to individual shows I am interested in - for example, an author on the Diane Rehm show. I wish I did something like knit or run so I could/would listen. There are a lot of BBC radio shows I keep meaning to sit down with.

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