May 26, 2022

The trailer for “The Talented Mr. Rosenberg” is available over on Deadline and makes for a fascinating watch. As repetitive as these scammer stories have become, there’s always a little something-something thrown in to turn heads and pique interest. In this case, the film’s description truly wasn’t joking when they poked fun at the Tinder Swindler similarities, because if you’re familiar with the Netflix saga then this scheme will sound very familiar. And what truly makes this doc stand out is the involvement of Rosenberg himself, who appears on camera and tells his story. He’s clearly angling for some sympathy when he talks about the way the media has portrayed him, even mentioning how his own daughters charge him with ruining their lives. Rosenberg even tells the audience, “When I think about it most of the time wishing that I didn’t do the things that I did and wondering why I did them, basically, I wish I could start over again.”

And then the doc swerves on us, countering his words with testimony from those he scammed — particularly, his ex-girlfriends, ex-wife, and his two daughters (who speak in the shadows to assure some anonymity). Compared to some of its fictionalized counterparts, which take extra special care to rehabilitate and sympathize with their scammers, “The Talented Mr. Rosenberg” is refreshing in its honesty: The Yorkville Swindler may see himself as the hero, but everyone else has marked him the villain. He’s described by his…

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