Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor(film)
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2008 EMMY®
for Best Documentary Feature

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About the Film

“Buddy”, the documentary, paints a complex portrait of the often contradictory and always audacious public figure who became the first Italian-American to become mayor of Providence, and a Republican who unseated a Democrat stronghold of more than thirty years. From his early promise as an attorney prosecuting organized crime to his success overseeing Providence's "renaissance," the film tracks Cianci's entanglements with city council opposition, union skirmishes, personal scandals, and criminal indictments. The result is a fascinating study of American local politics and a surprising tale of a man who, in the words of one commentator, "has a city as his mistress."

Produced and Directed by Cherry Arnold, narrated by James Woods.
A Big Orange Films production, in association with Laurel Hill Films.

Boston Globe

"A documentary that doesn't just chronicle the life and felonious times of former Providence mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. but captures something of the magnificently quirky Little Rhody that built him."