All the President's Men

“If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.” Alan Pakula’s deep-dive into deep-dives launched a thousand careers in journalism and reinvented the political conspiracy film. Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford deliver career performances as Woodward and Bernstein, the muckraking Washington Post reporters whose investigations of Nixon and his intelligence agency cover-ups ushered in our era of political paranoia. Pakula paces the story like a thriller – with every clack of a typewriter, hesitating voice on the phone, and reverberation in a courtroom, generating an ominous momentum towards shadowy conclusions. All the President’s Men is a commentary on conspiracy itself, on the paranoid style in American thinking, and how that style brushes up against the skill, power, and training of elite bureaucracy. Alongside The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and others, President’s is one of the New Hollywood masterpieces, bringing together the movement’s greatest cinematographer (Gordon Willis), composer (David Shire), and two of its most iconic stars.

Dir. Alan J. Pakula, 1976, 35mm, 138 min.

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