All the President's Men ★★★★★


Gauntlets of words as typewriters lay their mark along the paper. Television screens always in sight, even if our principal characters aren't watching, the static and analog providing a weak signal for the Nixon presidential nomination. "Four more years! Four more years!", all while Woodward is scrunched over under the glow of the fluorescent. When the dialogue isn't crackling, hot over the tongue and pierced with "what if" rhetoric and the lingering silence of an unspoken acknowledgement, director Alan J. Pakula is marking the spaces, in which information is disclosed, uncovered, and hidden in plain sight, with sharp definitions of perspective and split-diopters, and offering legendary DP Gordon Lewis the slowly consuming immediacy and danger of darkness. Truly a masterpiece. The only real issue with this movie is that it isn't six hours long.

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