Thursday, August 4, 2016

'Trump: What's the Deal?': The Resurfaced Documentary That Donald Trump Doesn't Want You to See

Elements of extortion, poor working conditions, exaggerations and dissatisfied and overcharged tenants – it's all here in the resurfaced documentary "Trump: What's the Deal?" that Donald Trump successfully managed to prevent from airing 25 years ago until now.

The film was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern as the first of a series on celebrity businessmen and finished in 1991. Back then, the only way for a film to be seen was on television or in the theater. Donald threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor that took on the film. In effect, it was suppressed. It was screened twice in back-to-back standing room only showings at the Bridgehampton Community House on July 3, 1991, the same day that Donald announced his engagement to Marla Maples.

Update: Watch the documentary over at The Internet Archive.

Rent or buy "Trump: What's the Deal?" on Amazon, Vimeo or iTunes.

It's currently also on YouTube:

I have mentioned this excellent documentary in passing in an earlier post, but find it such an important watch that I want to remind about it once again. Especially since Trump's business ethics looks the same in British filmmaker Anthony Baxter's documentary "You've Been Trumped" (2011). See Baxter's full version below.

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