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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…
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This movie is probably the base for many journalists and their ambitions, but any upcoming reporter is obligated to see this. “All the President’s Men” is about some fine journalism. Protecting your sources, creative games to get information from people. And this all to reveal one of the biggest scandals in American history.
The movie is based on the book written by the two journalist Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. They wrote about the Watergate-affair. The fact that this scandal is real maeks the movie legendary, but Alan J. Pakula made good thriller. You have to pay attention though, because you get…
reminded me a lot of zodiac, except without david fincher's "dark ooey gooey paint" that he slops on everything indiscriminately - and with a point to make about society & government, instead of just being like "oo. look at that. . .how weird and . . . .bad. . . ."
redford is fantastic as ever, dustin hoffman's haircut and bouncy/scrappy performance makes him look like one of the wild things from spike jonze's WTWTA
a lot of scenes in offices don't give g-willz much of a chance to show off with lighting, but it has a fantastic feel for the time & atmosphere
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I've been watching and rewatching since high school. It's just a masterpiece.
As momentous as if it were happening right now, a truly admirable execution of tension and the cast is no-holds-bar outstanding, aided by the screenplay of Goldman, who knows how to bring you in tight and keep you there for over 2 hours.
What I love that Pakula does in this film is the engagement of movement; the way the scenes can play out in a newspaper office and have this great sense of inertia and mobility that continues throughout the film to give the audience the sense that what's happening next is important, whether Woodward and Bernstein get confirmations of their investigative reporting or not.
As the two knights in the crusade against American corruption, Hoffman and Redford are mesmerizing. Their triumph is your triumph and they tackle the roles with journalistic aplomb, giving a sort of objectivity to the characters, while also being completely interesting. If they aren't the embodiment of good reporting, I don't know what is.
All The President's Men is a well crafted and articulate film, with the screenplay based on the book of the same name by the two journalists covering the Watergate Scandal for The Washington Post, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The film, for me, managed to focus a story on investigative journalist and made it riveting viewing from following the details of names, lucky breaks, denials, false leads and covering the truth, with the final one being the most difficult to achieve. It's also intriguing that the film doesn't develop much in the backstories of Woodward or Bernstein, but rather focus on the story and the facts and lies that fall upon them, it's rather commendable really that Robert Redford and…
This was actually one of my gateway movies from way back. Freshman journalism class in high school, then a late night chopped up TV airing, and then I eventually got it on DVD...I haven't seen it in a while, but I read so much stuff these days about how self-serious it is and how Parallax View is the superior Pakula conspiracy flick...but I don't think I really buy it. This is the high watermark of dingy graying twilit telephoto 70sness to me, methodical drama-drained proceduralism. Insofar as I have cine-nostalgia (I mostly watched TV when I was a lad), the parking garage stuff is as fossilized an artifact of my high school obsession with shadowy moody shit as I possess. I can't wait to excavate it again at some point in the future.
An overall very impressive movie with a pace that was perhaps too fast, making it hard to keep up with everything. But that is nothing that can't be solved with repeat viewings, which are sure to happen.
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ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN feels like the previous generation's ZERO DARK THIRTY. A story about human triumph and civic responsibility all while battling both external and internal forces. Redford and Hoffman don't get to the level of obsession present in Chastain's Maya (which is why I love her character so much), the two films hit similar notes.
Where ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN stand's strong is its direction--narrative direction and photography direction. With the narrative, it knows actually what it's doing. It focuses exclusively on the case that Redford and Hoffman put together without much regard for anything else. This works to its advantage, because trying to tackle anything else would be superfluous and…
I am sure every movie lover has watched this movie. This is undoubtedly the best political drama/thriller I've seen, after JFK. Investigative journalism at its very best! Fine performances from the lead pair and amazing supporting actors as well. In depth take on one of the biggest scandals in American history, this movie, almost 40 years after its release, will stand the test of time for decades to come! Magnificent!!
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