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All the President's Men
At times it looked like it might cost them their jobs, their reputations, and maybe even their lives.
In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself.
All the President's Men is primarily a staggering display of a perfectly paranoid craftsman. Alan J. Pakula pulls tensity and fascinations out from an otherwise excruciating process - investigative journalism. He observes facts, meticulous dates, times and names, closer than facile characters or broadly stroked stakes. Yet so closely watched is each victory, processed step and intensity of two men's integrity in the face of uncovering a web of mystery that it is impossible to turn away. As each aspect of a seemingly simple burglary piece thickens into political intrigue, it's purely gripping.
The murky, shadowy and paranoid city scapes of Washington brighten the meticulous details of mapping out a potential giant-ranged political corruption case. Most will know the outcome,…
Allow me a moment of nerdery.
Back in the days when Empire magazine was good and I used to buy it, I used to pretty often snip bits out of their magazines and stick them on my wall. Usually they were just ads for films or maybe the occasional picture of Julia Ormond, Cameron Diaz or Winona Ryder. But sometimes I would snip out their Classic Scene section.
This was basically just the screenplay version of a classic scene from a great movie from years gone by. One of the ones I took out was a scene from All The President's Men, a film I had only just seen and loved a few months before. It was this scene:-
In retrospect, pretty obviously not a great way to distract myself from the election.
This is perhaps one of the best procedural films ever made and what I respect about it is that it approaches its subject matter without frills and added fictional distractors to spice up the story. It sticks to the task at hand and, much like the journalists featuring in the story, it is intent on presenting the account as close to the truth as possible.
Alan J. Pakula seems to understand one thing very well here and that is that if you want to tell a story as intricate as this one, you have to make sure that the audience will listen to those telling it. He does that brilliantly by allowing for a lot of dialogue, not forcing himself…
One thread that stood out on this watch: A quiet but brutal critique of television to rival the far louder satire of Network, which was released the same year. The film repeatedly shows televisions, mostly around the Washington Post newsroom, presenting a counterfactual narrative of the Nixon administration that stands in complete opposition to the one assembled by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. While they search for the facts, the Post TVs mostly regurgitate the Nixon party line and publicize their “non-denial denials” of the latest Post story, propagating an illusion of a moral, lawful President unfairly attacked by a politically motivated newspaper and its agenda-driven journalists. TV obscures the truth while newspapers expose it, an idea neatly encapsulated in the final scene where Nixon is inaugurated on television in the foreground, while Woodward and Bernstein pound away on their typewriters in the background.
Amazing what you can get away with when the subject is so recent and momentous that a general audience can be trusted to respond to minutiae. Zodiac actually seems concise by comparison (it also has a killer to cut away to for a while, whereas this is 100% investigation after the break-in), and Pakula continually makes choices that would be considered daft in almost any other Hollywood context: introducing his protagonists with zero fanfare, as if they were bit players; training the camera on notes and doodles in order to foreground a slow accumulation of bewildering detail; letting actors shout at each other over the sound of an airplane passing overhead, when neither the plane nor the shouting has…
The film feels more relevant today. I hope the press is as brave as this guy when they take on the future president.
This political drama is required viewing!
Seldom do they make movies like this anymore; All the President's Men is just so calm and composed. People would be scared to make this sort of thriller now - I'm referring in particular to the type of dialogue employed and the patience of each scene.
Plot: Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) are journalists for the Washington Post and they've been forcefully assigned together to uncover the details of the Watergate Scandal.
The revelations just keep building as these two young reporters delve into and investigate the facts of those working underneath the President of the United States. Redford and Hoffman play off one another beautifully in perfectly natural performances…
Sometimes it's great to watch a camera slowly pull in Redford's face as he gets more and more intriguing answers to his questions over the phone where you know it'll only bring you to ask more questions...
One of Hollywood’s all-time great political thrillers looks sadly naive compared to the certain blatant corruption of the Trump administration. Earned eight Academy Award nominations and won four, including William Goldman (MAGIC) for his adaptation of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s non-fiction book. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play Woodward and Bernstein, whose investigative journalism for the Washington Post broke the Watergate story. They helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon and catapulted themselves to fame. To the film’s credit, it doesn’t shy away from the drudgery of newspaper work — making phone calls, rewriting stories, putting puzzle pieces together one at a time. Of course, the film versions of Woodward and Bernstein are more glamorous than the real reporters…
The audience knows what Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford's reporters will find when they dig into Watergate, but the meticulous investigation sucks the viewer in nonetheless. The constant noise in the newsroom contrasts and heightens their quiet rendezvous with informants, and the performances give each discovery and setback the weight it deserves.
Good movie, poor ending though.
There are so many points that it seemed Woodward and Bernstein had no story, but they continued on and ending up bringing an American president down in scandal. This film has no fireworks in its filmmaking and that's why I respect it, it's straight forward storytelling that gets he job done.
I was a bit underwhelmed by this one but man oh man Dustin Hoffman is Peak Hot in this movie
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