Film Critique of All the President's Men

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I. Summary Opening in theaters around the United States in April of 1976, All the President's Men paints quite an accurate account of American journalism yet at the same time is a suspenseful adventure that manages to entertain and inform its viewers. Vincent Canby, a reviewer for the New York Times called the movie, "an unequivocal smash-hit—the thinking man's Jaws." Because the film is written from the perspective of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the movie works as a blockbuster, and not just a documentary. The script was written in such a way that the historical information (dates, names, and events) is recorded, but does not confuse and interfere with the message the director is trying to portray. The film opens with…show more content…
c. Are these portrayals realistic and/or plausible – if not, why not? i. These portrayals are very realistic because they are based upon actual events. The inclusion of the newsreel footage (Pres. Nixon's helicopter landing, Pres. Nixon addressing the House of Representatives, and Representative General Ford's nomination speech for Nixon's Re-Election campaign at the RNC) is an asset in depicting the historical events in such a vivid manner that the movie seems more like a documentary than a motion picture. Also, the movie rarely addresses the personal lives of Woodward and Bernstein and when it does, the intent is to portray the reality of the amount this story was consuming their lives. Their apartments are bare except for Chinese food containers and they slept on mattresses on the floor. Their careers and making their name known by uncovering the scandals and unethical practices of the Republican Party and the White House. d. Does the film or documentary reflect any particular bias, if so, in what way? i. I didn't detect any particular biases from the film makers. The film was based on the book written by Woodward and Bernstein and therefore the movie was written from their perspectives. e. How did the film or documentary expand your knowledge or deepen your understanding of the American political system? i. Aside from learning about the actual

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