All the President's Men

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All the President's Men

Postby K » 13 May 2017, 21:09

Could be time for my annual thread about this brilliant movie. I love everything about it. Redford and Hoffman were never better. It has an incredible supporting cast (Jason Robards is towering in it). Obviously it's a compelling story that is so well told as we sit alongside Woodward and Bernstein and see the threads be slowly pulled out and the picture fit together. It's a tense film with very little action and it needs little action- I find it hard to look away.

Anyone else a fan?
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Re: All the President's Men

Postby PENK » 13 May 2017, 21:13

K wrote:Anyone else a fan?


It was on my list for the BCB Film Poll and it nearly made the top ten. It's what cinema should be: dynamite entertainment, provocative art.

I think that a lot of the smartest recent true-story films take a lot from it. Not just Spotlight, which is obvious, but things like The Social Network, Moneyball. They really take a lot from it in terms of adapting real-life events into gripping films.
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Re: All the President's Men

Postby K » 13 May 2017, 21:29

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Re: All the President's Men

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 May 2017, 22:08

A really honest and accurate depiction of one of the greatest pieces of journalism in history. A film I have never stopped watching halfway through, even when catching it by chance.
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Re: All the President's Men

Postby K » 13 May 2017, 22:17

I'm watching it right now
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Re: All the President's Men

Postby K » 13 May 2017, 22:21

There's no music in the film other than a quiet, droning chord when W and B look through the library cards.

EDIT: There's a bit more, later on in the film, but still hardly any
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Re: All the President's Men

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 May 2017, 17:02

I guess I'll be the first to say I find it slightly dull. I understand it's an important film, but it's a bit like eating your vegetables because you know they're good for you. It wouldn't even make my list of top twenty '70s pictures and I feel that both Redford and especially Hoffman were better elsewhere.

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Re: All the President's Men

Postby K » 16 May 2017, 17:19

Matt Wilson wrote:I guess I'll be the first to say I find it slightly dull. I understand it's an important film, but it's a bit like eating your vegetables because you know they're good for you. It wouldn't even make my list of top twenty '70s pictures and I feel that both Redford and especially Hoffman were better elsewhere.

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Re: All the President's Men

Postby sneelock » 16 May 2017, 17:57

I watch it with people who agree with Matt but I'm on the "one of the best of the 70's" team myself.
Nobody was sicker of Watergate than I was when the movie was new. The idea of those big stars playing those guys rubbed me the wrong way.
I heard about little "cutesy" things that probably didn't happen being added and I was actually dragged along kicking and screaming to see it. it was not a pretty sight.

I loved it from the get go. I think it works. I watch ten minutes of it at any point and I'm hooked. I think Pakula, as a director, had some Polanski type skills - he could really get under your skin. the movie stars are compelling. you can see them think. the "cutesy" stuff moves the story along and makes the characters compelling.

I think the main thing that makes the movie work better for me that it does for some of the people I watch it with is this: why is it important? it's important to me that nobody is above the law and that freedom of the press could make them accountable one way or the other. I think some of the people I watch it with find those ideas quaint & old fashioned.

it's structured like a Hardy Boys story and I think it works because of this. I think it's a dynamite movie.
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Re: All the President's Men

Postby sloopjohnc » 16 May 2017, 21:47

The San Francisco Chronicle has never been an esteemed news source, so as a local boy when Robards, as Bradlee, makes a joke that The Chronicle supposed willingness to print forecasts of the previous day's weather for those who missed it, pretty much summed it up and was a joke only locals would get.
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