It often happens that the media are so obviously trying to assassinate someone’s character that the viewer begins to feel sorry for the subject of all the vitriol, and actually comes out of the ordeal more popular than before.
That DOESN’T happen with this documentary about Donald Trump, even though it is such an obvious attack piece.
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.