Our Nixon (9/12)

“A fascinatingly warped and aged Polaroid of an epic life that’s grown more compelling with the passage of time.” — Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve

Us here at Cinefamily do love all things archival, and Our Nixon, with its deft blend of humor and historical reflection, is one of the very best feature-length found footage films we’ve yet seen. The time-honored tale of the Oval Office in the ‘60s and ‘70s has been covered from a wide swath of angles (All The President’s Men, Dick, Secret Honor, Oliver Stone’s Nixon), but you’ve never seen it delivered with humanizing, penetrating reality until now. Painstakingly sculpted from tens of thousands of hours’ worth of unearthed Super-8 home movies shot by Richard Nixon’s closest aides, Our Nixon emerges as one of 2013’s most engaging dramedies, capturing both seismic, world-changing events and previously invisible domestic tableaux. The raw materials of this unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, were seized by the FBI during Watergate, filed away at the National Archives and forgotten for almost forty years. Obsessively documenting their experiences on film, these idealistic, dedicated young turks had no idea that just a few years later they’d all be in prison. They filmed because they thought that Nixon’s presidency would change the world forever — the tragedy is that they were right.
Dir. Penny Lane, 2013, digital presentation, 84 min.

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