Sun­day Best: Six Mil­lion Dol­lar Con­man

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, ABC2 This long-run­ning se­ries has been a high­light on an in­creas­ingly in­ter­est­ing chan­nel. Sun­day night is home for the game-chang­ing, genre-al­ter­ing, thought-pro­vok­ing fea­ture doc­u­men­tary, and tonight from Bri­tain’s Chan­nel 4 comes a riv­et­ing true-crime story, di­rected and pro­duced by Louise Os­mond. She doc­u­ments the many lives of the man born as Chris­tian Ger­hart­sre­iter, a poor coun­try boy from Bavaria who in re­lent­lessly pur­su­ing the Amer­i­can dream to reach the up­per ech­e­lons of Amer­i­can so­ci­ety be­came Clark Rock­e­feller. He was also Amer­ica’s most no­to­ri­ous con man and is now await­ing trial for murder. Doc­u­ment­ing this as­ton­ish­ing story of de­ceit, fraud and ma­nip­u­la­tion, Os­mond gained ac­cess to the FBI, po­lice de­tec­tives, for­mer friends of the con artist and other key play­ers close to the case. in­sa­tiable thirst for dis­trac­tion as the drab vir­tual world takes us over. It is easy to imag­ine a uni­verse where TV tal­ent shows are our only es­cape and in this ter­rific satire we drones des­per­ately ac­cu­mu­late cred­its to achieve the ul­ti­mate goal: a slot on an X-Fac­tor- like tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion.

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