Poet and the Con:
Romantics at Heart of Stirring Documentary
By KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer

         Eric Trules' ambitious and provocative documentary "The Poet and the Con" delves into the loving relationship between Trules, a prize-winning poet and a veritable Renaissance man in the performing arts, and his uncle, Harvey Rosenberg, an underworld enforcer and career criminal.
         Since both are charismatic, highly articulate and reflective men, Trules speculates on the closeness of the creative and criminal impulses. Trules deliberately pushes this notion to the point of exasperating his parents and other uncle, who deny genetic patterns in the family.