All the President’s Men

We Roquemore Reviews All The Presidents Men

Enjoy this trailer of All The President’s Men

All The Presidents Men follows reporters Woodward and Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon’s resignation.

From Lee Anne

Man, oh man, I loved All The Presidents Men.

It resonated with what I believe about most of what our government tells us – they’re always trying to hide something.
This film is a story about the Watergate Scandal, from the perspective of two journalists.
It’s incredible!
It’s inspiring to be bold & courageous in your endeavors, to always seek the truth as well as stand for it. It’s got so many wonderful elements that make it an incredible film.

I don’t want to spoil too much, so I’ll just say, WATCH IT!!!

From John

Watching All The Presidents Men again I realized just how much I have changed. My interest in history, especially the history NOT written “by the victors”, has grown tremendously. It seems that whenever we look back at the rise of powerful people, nations, companies there is always a myth – something that seems almost divine – that surrounds the events that put this power in place. Of course, upon closer examination we see the reality:

Powerful people use whatever means necessary to take and guard their own power, then rewrite history.

The two main characters in this amazing work of cinema are the underdogs, the guys hungry for a chance at the big time – working the big stories for an influential newspaper. The problem comes when they start to realize that not everyone thinks the truth is as important to newspaper reporting as they do. When they start digging into what happened the night of the Watergate break-in, what they find is not only resistance from the usual suspects, but from their own organization – the one that put them on the trail in the first place. There are some truly beautiful moments when we see them go from totally naive to aware of this reality, than aware but willing to push back against this push back.

Without giving away too much of the film, both guys grow as journalist and as human beings when they become personally involved in discovering the truth behind not just the break-in but other things that power people had covered up by these men in powerful places.

Redford and Hoffman are two actors I could easily watch in anything: because they are so good at disappearing into a role AND because the roles they pick are stories worth telling (even Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium). Add to this some gritty but elegant cinematography and the sound of typewriters throughout then cut the whole thing together in a minimalist style and you have a film that doesn’t just tell a story but grabs the viewer and brings them along for this epic dive into one example of history that wasn’t rewritten by the victors.

Have you see this film? Do you think it’s still possible to expose systems of power using newspapers? What about Twitter and Facebook?

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