I had no idea who Paul Reichmann, the protagonist of Faith and Fortune: The Reichmann Story, was until last night. I was looking for something interesting to watch. I first scanned my Netflix account. Meh… Nothing tickled my fancy. I then scanned my newish Amazon Prime account.
Hmmm… A picture of a bearded man standing over an architectural model of a huge development. Okay.
The tagline read:
An epic tale of the rise and fall of one of the most religious, secretive and fascinating great Jewish families. The Reichmanns were ultra-Orthodox Jews who rose from humble origins to build the greatest real estate empire.
Huh?! “…the greatest real estate empire.” I was intrigued but skeptical. I started the documentary and I never turned back. It was a fascinating documentary from the very start. The Reichmanns’ early story is interwoven with some close calls with Nazi Germany. The Reichmanns story includes anecdotes from their time in Beled, Vienna, Tangier, Paris, Montreal, Toronto, Jerusalem, New York City and London. The Reichmanns were truly international.
The documentary was released in 2000 so it wasn’t recorded in high definition (HD) but don’t fret because the story is fast paced and intriguing. Yes, I would’ve liked there to be more in-depth dramatization and reporting of the intricacies of their individual deals. You know, how did they do it? That would’ve taken hours and hours so I understand the need for brevity.
Are you a broker, a builder, a developer, a salesperson? Are you related, in any way, to the real estate industry? Then I recommend this documentary to you. Donald Trump, surprisingly, wasn’t interviewed or mentioned but other prominent builders were. I don’t want to give too much more of the story away but the Reichmanns were the real deal. Watch Faith and Fortune: The Reichmann Story tonight.