Critical Condition: Trump: An American Dream

Trump: An American Dream | Netflix, from Friday

➢ “Say what you like about Donald Trump but he’s a documentary-maker’s dream … This was as much an economic history of New York in the 1970s as it was of Trump; with Nixon gone, the Vietnam War lost and the city skint. But it was key to show the climate in which Trump flourished, securing tax breaks to build luxury hotels and publicly ridiculing anyone who challenged him. (Sound at all familiar?) And we could see where he got his oration skills. His father, Fred, when asked how the sales of Trump Tower apartments were going, said he didn’t know but he had heard it was ‘excellent, fantastic, unbelievable!'” — The Times.

➢ “This first episode of this series about Trump’s ascent through first the entrepreneurial world, then the political one, was an insightful, well-made account. As well as the business, from his rackety father Fred he inherited a taste for pumped-up sales patter … Of the several interviewees who witnessed this carnival as it unfolded, the liveliest was Barbara Res, a teak-tough engineer whom Trump – to his credit – hired to construct his tower. She wasn’t a fan of the décor and had the courage to say so.” — The Telegraph.

➢ “The archive interview footage showed a man much more comfortable in conversation than he is now. He even seemed reasonably eloquent back then, explaining how his knowing ‘no comment’ reply to rumours of the Queen wanting to take up residence in Trump Tower caused a media storm and, in the process, showing himself as a true visionary in the world of fake news. Most prescient, perhaps, was this quote, when faced with the possibility of a land deal going south, ‘I’ll wait for bad times. When bad times come, I’ll get what I want.'” — The Arts Desk.

➢ “Archive footage of a younger, paler and – most strikingly of all – perfectly articulate Trump and his acolytes, business associates, employees, wives, lawyers and diabolical father Fred illustrated the biography. The commentary on it was provided mostly by those who had stood on the sidelines, jaws dropping ever further south, as the Trump family’s ego, tactics and all-round monstrousness grew to the gargantuan proportions we know and love today.” — The Guardian.

➢ “Trump: An American Dream, an engrossing four-part biography, reveals how often The Donald’s ambitions and self-image have seemed completely delusional to everyone but himself. His humungous debts, his toxic divorces — he could face the Press and insist these problems simply didn’t exist. One journalist called him, ‘the greatest con artist in the history of the world’. Trump probably took it as a compliment.” — Daily Mail.

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