Kino Eye: The Watergate story

Submitted by AWL on 20 October, 2020 - 4:48 Author: John Cunningham
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman

Another US film seems appropriate this week. All the President’s Men (1976, Alan Pakula) begins with the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee HQ in the Watergate complex in Washington D.C. Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) investigate and, on the advice of the furtive “Deep Throat”, “follow the money”. They steadily unearth a labyrinth of financial corruption and illegal activities pointing to the White House and Republican President Richard Nixon. Despite winning the election of November 1972, Nixon comes under increasing pressure. The Watergate scandal will not go away. Impeachment proceedings begin. Nixon resigns on 9 August 1974. One of the first actions of Gerald Ford, his successor, is to pardon him.

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