Film Analysis Of All The President's Men

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Analysis of All the President 's Men
All the President 's Men, the 1976 film directed by Alan J. Pakula, is a detective thriller that portrays the story behind the Washington Post reporter 's Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein 's Pulitzer Prize winning relentless pursuit of the Watergate conspiracy. It initially started as a local burglary story and eventually led to the resignation of President Nixon. Over 40 years after Nixon 's resignation, the Academy Award winning film was shown on July 14, 2017, at the Paramount Theater 's Screening Series in Oakland, California. This film has current significance as the current US president is in the middle of a special investigation for possible obstruction of justice. All the President 's Men stands
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After a short news clip, the film begins with a flashback. There are a few seconds where the screen is completely black. Then, a small flashlight slowly scans a dark alley, looking for anything unusual. This light led to uncovering the break in at the Democratic National Committee office at Watergate. This slow paced event is elevated in importance by the lack of any dialogue or music, creating a tense mysterious mood. There is nothing to distract the viewer from following the light.
The film frequently cuts between dark night shots and the brightly lit Washington Post 's newsroom. The lack of shadows represents that the goal of the newsroom was to find the truth. Many newsroom shots are close ups of mismatched reporters: new reporter Woodward and veteran reporter Bernstein revising stories. These scenes could have slowed the pace of the film down, but instead, we get to see into the thinking and motives of the characters. In a key scene in the film, the camera focuses on a TV set showing Richard Nixon’s second inauguration. Off to the side in the newsroom, we see Woodward and Bernstein working on the story that would bring Nixon down. The wide angle shots of the nearly empty newsroom show that Woodward and Bernstein were working around the clock to uncover the truth. News stories come together out of scraps of information under the bright lights in the newsroom.
In the newsroom, Woodward and Bernstein had the
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