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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…
I remember, during waning of the nineteen sixties, and the waxing of the seventies, that my American Aunt and Uncle, Republicans both, would refer to their leader as ‘Tricky Dick’.
Aside from my Aunt and Uncle, news of the Watergate scandal flowed across the border to my teenage self via Walter Cronkite, Harry Reasoner, and John Chancellor. While I wasn’t glued to the TV, it somehow was an interesting soap opera taking place south of the border. Like any news story, I expected it to die down … but it didn’t. I remember being shocked at how, at the endgame, it moved so quickly, and that Nixon resigned.
Despite seeing the real story unfold in real-time on TV, I remember…
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.
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…
No more half star ratings unless it's 4 1/2 on my rating scale, but this gets an exception.
Director: Alan J. Pakula (Second film)
Admittedly my knowledge of the Watergate scandal is a bit iffy, not the actual scandal but the contextual aspects that this film deals with - the players involved - their names, and the gravitas of the situation. As I watched All the President's Men and started to struggle with all the little details, trying to take it all in, I eventually just figured they weren't important to me as a viewer.
The film deals with the work ethic and ethics of journalism, showcasing the operation in which two young journalists: Bernstein and Woodward (Hoffman and Redford) investigate the Watergate scandal. Weirdly, I don't remember seeing anything about their personal lives', and maybe…
A classic political thriller warning of the dangers of unchecked power. The film really couldn't be any better than it is - the cinematography, the music and sound, the acting and dynamic chemistry between Redford and Hoffman, the editing and pacing, all pitch perfect. While it's about a real event that has a firm place in time, its message of adversity against corruption is timeless.
Too many names for me to remember. But it's worth the suffer of my memory.
Kinda rushed the ending there.
Though this movie was long, it had it's moments. Moments where i didn't want to turn it off. i love the idea of following journalists to get to the bottom of a conspiracy theory but I took to long to make me invested to the idea. I know the first few scene set that up for viewers but if a people is uninterested in the very beginning it's hard to find points later on to grab their attention. The duo worked well together and i liked the two different ways they approached situations.
Following the Watergate Scandal, this film narrates the story about two news reporters who happen to start writing a story about the strange happenings at The Watergate Hotel when they start to dig more and more into what was really going on, they find out some disturbing truths about the American President Richard Nixon. The two main characters demonstrate duality throughout the movie. One is a rookie who has only been working in the news industry for about 3 months and seems to follow what he feels is morally right the entire film, whereas his counterpart who has been partnered up with him on this story is willing to go as far as it takes to get the story. These opposing personalities balance out in order for our characters to achieve their goal in finding out the truth and writing a successful story.
Cool history lesson. I had no idea all this crazy shit was going on. I was alive back then...just 4 years old but I should've known better.
This film was a little slow but I liked the story, its sort of an underdog story. There were some subtle shots that allowed us to "feel" the massive undertaking the reporters took on.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!