See Film Trump Fought to Suppress for Decades

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BANGKOK — Long a fixture of oversized American personalities, Donald Trump has become a household name around the world with his say-anything, demagogic quest for the U.S. presidency.

Beyond today’s headlines and soundbytes and hands debate, the story of the man known as The Donald was the subject of a documentary never shown due to legal threats from Trump.

See another side to the Republican party front-runner in “Trump: What’s the Deal,” a 1991 documentary screening every Saturday evening this month at theFriese-Greene Club.


“The film-makers uncovered an empire that was built on exaggeration, distortion, extortion, and financial mismanagement,” the club said in its announcement. “But then the Trump legal machine kicked into action, and [financier Leonard] Stern cancelled the series after threats of lawsuits.”

Made at a time when television or movie theaters were the only means of reaching the public, the documentary Trump succeeded in suppressing for almost a quarter of a century resurfaced on the internet this past July.

It’s title is a play on the title of Trump’s first and most famous book “Trump: The Art of the Deal” published in 1987. The book, both memoir and business success how-to, was a bestseller.

The Trump-umentary will screen at 8pm on Saturday, and again on March 19 and March 26.

Club screenings are usually free, but due to licensing costs a 150 baht entry fee will be charged. Seating in the theater is very limited, but features typically show concurrently on screens in the downstairs lounge and bar area.


The Friese-Greene Club is located on Soi Sukhumvit Soi 22. The private cinema can be reached by foot from BTS Phrom Phong.




Chayanit Itthipongmaetee can be reached at[email protected] and @chayaniti92.

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