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'Wizard of Lies' tells Madoff story as 'dark tragedy' of betrayal

2017年 5月 17日 Wednesday - 00:58

'Wizard of Lies' cast walk the red carpet in New York ahead of the release of the latest film about Bernie Madoff, who masterminded the biggest financial scheme in U.S. history. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The latest film about infamous swindler Bernard Madoff, whose decades-long Ponzi scheme cost clients more than $17 billion, ends with a question. "Do you think I'm a sociopath?" Madoff, played by Robert De Niro, asks journalist Diana B. Henriques in a prison interview. "The Wizard of Lies," premiering on Time Warner Inc's HBO on Saturday (May 20) ahead of an international rollout, leaves the question unanswered. Almost a decade after Madoff was convicted of masterminding the biggest financial fraud in U.S. history, the filmmakers put their focus on the devastating consequences for his family. The stars - including Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays Madoff's wife Ruth - hit the red carpet in New York ahead of the film's release. "Wizard of Lies" follows several documentaries, a stage play and a 2016 TV miniseries about Madoff, reflecting an enduring fascination with the quiet, fatherly figure and his apparent lack of remorse or explanation for his actions. Madoff, 79, is serving a 150-year prison term after pleading guilty in 2009 to multiple charges of fraud. His son Mark committed suicide two years after his father's arrest and his younger son, Andrew, died of lymphoma in 2014. Ruth, his wife of more than 50 years, has cut off contact with him. Henriques conducted two prison interviews with Madoff and exchanged emails and letters, concluding that he is a man "with a pathological inability to see himself as a failure." She believes he would likely watch the HBO film if he gets the chance.

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'Wizard of Lies' tells Madoff story as 'dark tragedy' of betrayal

2017年 5月 17日 Wednesday - 00:58