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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…
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A methodical and tantalizing overview of the Watergate scandal, 'All the President's Men' is a brilliantly written, thoroughly accurate and amazingly suspenseful tour-de-force of a newspaper film.
Among the cinema's greatest procedurals, and perhaps no other film has better captured the hectic hustle and bustle that defines the newsroom. Each detail seems exacting, and painstakingly crafted, and from the typically gorgeous cinematography from Gordon Willis, to the perfectly pitched performances that meld character with god given charisma from Redford, Hoffman and Robards, for two and a half hours, All the President's Men is practically flawless, a meticulous work of cinematic journalism, bristling with an immediacy and tension often unseen in fact-based film.
And then it simply ends. There's much to be said of going out on a high note, but the film simply seems to be cut short, with what could easily be the second part of…
A taut and thoroughly absorbing slow-burn and a precursor to Fincher's "Zodiac" in the genre of journalistic cinema.
Amazing ensemble, especially liked Robards. Weirdly abrupt ending tho.
Absolutely incredible. I got lost in the amount of names and different people involved, but was enthralled watching Woodward and Bernstein piece things together.
It's crazy that this came out only two years after Nixon's resignation.
Quietly brilliant. Allow this film to slowly wash over you. You'll never see an empty parking lot the same way again.
Well this was a creamy pleasure.
Alan J. Pakula's masterful recounting of the Washington Post's investigation into the Watergate burglary and the cover-up that ultimately ended the Nixon Presidency is the finest procedural ever made. It is an incredibly lucid presentation of a densely complex story that brilliantly retains a laser-like focus whilst also demonstrating the dogged war of attrition that the painfully gradual process of exposing the truth required. Redford and Hoffman are the reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who built the case, and the two leads play off one another brilliantly, the contrast between the former's waspish pragmatism and the latter's nervous energy providing both the natural checks and balances that allow the necessary room for certain scenes to breathe so that the…
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