'Wizard of Lies' tells Madoff story as 'dark tragedy' of betrayal

Henriques' book, "The Wizard of Lies", detailed just how Madoff was able to gain investors' trust and keep the details of his crime from his family.

For the second time in little more than a year, a TV film probes Bernie Madoff, the fraudster-financier who in 2008 made explosive news with his arrest for perpetrating a Ponzi scheme that ruined thousands of his clients at a cost of $60 billion or more.

The co-stars were joined at the event by their co-stars Kristen Connolly, Alessandro Nivola, and Hank Azaria along with Michelle's husband David Kelley, actress Jennifer Morrison, and Harry Connick Jr with his wife Jill Goodacre and daughter Sarah Connick. Rather than come up with an answer to the mystery of Madoff - a Lifetime movie would probably be more willing - screenwriters Sam Levinson, Sam Baum, and John Burnham Schwartz leave reason out of it.

The De Niro team at Douglas Elliman averages more than $250 million in yearly sales.

Director Barry Levinson tells the story crisply and showcases superb acting. "As long as everything was fine for him and his immediate world was comfortable and emotionally stable, he was fine", Bennett said.

HBO/Craig Blankenhorn (LOS ANGELES) - Thursday night, HBO held a premiere event for The Wizard of Lies, the network's new movie about Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street financier who pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme that is believe to be the largest fraud in US financial history.

De Niro may not say much in interviews, but his performance speaks volumes, particularly in a party scene when he forces his eldest to swap out his steak for lobster, even though the son has no appetite for shellfish. At the center is Madoff, who De Niro plays as a mostly low-key operator (though ugly temper flares when Madoff snaps at his granddaughter for daring to bring up the financial meltdown.) Those who knew the real Madoff described him, as model Carmen Dell'Orefice recalled to Vanity Fair, as "quiet, not a storyteller, not a conversationalist".

During the premiere, Michelle spoke out about playing the role of his wife, Ruth Madoff. It needs something like the back-and-forth of the guys from Levinson's Diner, who would have taken one look at Bernie Madoff and proclaimed, "what a chazzer".

PFEIFFER: "I do, now that I've seen the finished product".

"He'll make a comment like, 'You know, people are greedy, ' " Levinson says.

LEVINSON: "We talked to the Federal Bureau of Investigation". The more time Henriques spent with him, the more she understood him as a contradictory figure. I hope folks won't get real tangled up in what kind of label - sociopaths, psychopaths - you put on it.

"I don't think you can conduct your life with such a lack of empathy for the devastation that you're causing and not meet that fairly spongy definition of a psychopath".

  • Salvatore Jensen