Film Critique of All the Presidents Men Essay

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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.
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The ending is history. Two unknown and inexperienced reporters uncover one of the largest scandals of the decade because of their hunger for more details and the ambition with which they attacked the story.

II. Critical Analysis
a. What is the basic plot of the film?
i. See above paragraph
b. How are the media and journalists portrayed?
i. Both journalists are relatively inexperienced, but both are extremely hungry to uncover the details of the story. Throughout the film they are portrayed as very ambitious, but new reporters. They are under constant pressure to double and triple check their sources. Most of the editors at the Post were opposed to Woodward and Bernstein covering such a great story and wanted to pass it off to more experienced reporters, but Editor Ben Bradlee gave them a chance. He had confidence in their perseverance and dedication to uncover the truth. In many scenes, Woodward and Bernstein are extremely frustrated and feel as though they are getting nowhere because no one will talk to them. They are aggravated and feel it is because these sources of information and witnesses have been threatened by a higher force. During a few of the interviews they appear to be quite inexperienced when asking questions that are either irrelevant or lead the witness away
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