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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:-
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…
Pakula at his paranoid peak crafts a sharp, lean aggressive film that builds tremendous anxiety and tension regardless of whether you know the facts of Watergate or not. An all-star cast delivers from both leads to the smallest role. Fantastic camera work from Gordon Willis, and inspired editing from Robert Wolfe create iconic moments in one of the best films ever made about journalism or American history.
Alan J. Pakula's All the President’s Men is, without a doubt, one of the best detective/procedural films in the history of cinema and, for a film that's only about dialogue, it stands up perfectly. This is a film that could have easily been hit by the test of time, especially because, after all, it's a film about politics from the seventies and, at the time, the Nixon's resignation was fresh in the viewer's mind, but not today. The reason why it stands up today so well is due to the way Alan J. Pakula directed and coordinated his film. They only talk and talk and talk, but, somehow, it doesn't get boring, to be frank, we get more and more…
The thing that never fails to amaze me whenever I watch All The President's Men, and I've seen it several times now, is the way it manages to be a thriller without really being a thriller.
Because it really isn't, is it? Aside from a bit of a scare after one of the meetings with Deep Throat, there are no conventional thrills here. Plus there is the fact that this is, of course, a true story. Yet throughout the majority of its running time, there is an air of tension and feeling of danger running through it that you don't really shake off until the very last reel - even more remarkable in that we all know how this story…
Dustin Hoffman plays Washington Post, newspaper reporter Carl Bernstein; and Robert Redford also plays a reporter, from the Washington Post Bob Woodrow; in this political thriller from 1976; called All the President's Men. It's based on a book by the real men who brought down Nixon; Woodrow and Bernstein.
This movie was nominated for eight academy awards; and it only brought home 4 of those 8 nominations. I felt after watching this movie that, it should of brought home all 8 Oscars. You're not only interested in this movie's events; because they really happened; you're also on the edge of your seat. Even Hitchcock would be proud of this movie.
This movie was the inspiration for a Family Guy episode;…
Hoffman and Redford are magnificent as two rookie reporters sniffing out the biggest scandal in US history. It takes a special film to make an effective thriller out of a story to which everyone knows the ending. Near perfect.
As someone very interested in all the core content of this film's premise because of my having a background and aspirations in journalism, I was expecting a bit more from this flick.
All the President's Men is truly an eye-opening look inside the Watergate Scandal and all the corruption and politics involved with a little added drama for good measure and the performances of two well-known actors. Because of how grounded in reality the majority of this film was though, it did feel incredibly slow as our two reporters of The Washington Post moved from article to article and interview to interview trying to uncover the truth.
Also due to this realism, moments that built up in suspense failed to…
sadly, as well wonderfully shot and acted as this is.. it sure hasn't worn well IMHO-- very talky and VERY anticlimactic since the most important climax of the book isn't shot and is just typed out at the end. Bummer.
Can we consider Gordon Willis an auteur? Accounts of his work on films often make him seem like he took the reins of the camera more often than not, his influence on shot composition and visual scene construction often going past the point of influence. Sure, you get accounts of he and strong-willed directors getting into arguments -- he yelled at Coppola over the high-angle shot of the Don after the assassination attempt, and Coppola's visual bona fides are such that we can assume he used Willis as a collaborator rather than as a replacement for his own judgment. But when reading of his work with Woody Allen and Alan J. Pakula, it seems that Willis' influence was more pervasive.…
I love a good historical drama. This movie focused on the watergate scandal and told the story of the 2 reporters who fought to find out the truth. This movie was extremely informative in telling me the facts of the case and highlighted how truly difficult it is to fight for the truth when editors, politicians, and the general public all don't want to hear it. Overall, this movies biggest fault is its runtime. Once you've seen the men find a new lead in that case, you pretty much seen all the tactics they use. However, the movie shows these tactics again and again, which while historically accurate, it draws out the movie to a needless degree. The ending also left me wanting more, but I guess I could always look into what happened next.
I can appreciate this movie and the story it's telling, and found any specific part of it engrossing, but honestly it was pretty much a solid 3/4+ of it was the same thing over and over - phone calls/face to face interviews.
Not really my cup of tea - I'm glad I saw it, I'm never watching it again.
Too many films about historical events, usually Oscar bait, include a nauseous amount of foreshadowing and portent; music cues during a historical figure's knowing retort, ironic comments from also-ran's on how insignificant the film's central event will be, or camera angles and edits that lend a sense of importance and fate to things that were clearly banal before the benefit of retrospect. Such tools may have been thrilling once-around, but are overused and manipulative now.
All The President's Men does none of this. Events are portrayed exactly as they occurred, with Recognition Of Importance from neither the ignorant viewer nor the historical characters. Only very subtle moves signal to the viewer "ok, pay attention to this," such as the long,…
Seems like the reporters are on more than just coffee. They speak so fast it sounds like gibberish at times
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