Brace Yourself, This Is Not Your Typical Documentary

On November 15, 2013 by Lori Z

This is a post by JBFC Volunteer Dotty Battel

OUR_NIXON_POSTER2Rather, Our Nixon, an all-archival film in which director Penny Lane has cleverly stitched together  home movies (more about those in a minute), Oval Office tapes, and vintage TV interviews, presents us with a mesmerizing  and intimate portrayal of  Richard Nixon’s turbulent presidency as never seen before.

Now, about those home movies, which serve as the backbone of this doc.….3 of Nixon’s top aides, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin thought it would be a great idea to film daily life in the White House, since, as Haldeman boasts, “Nixon will be judged as one of the greatest presidents.” (Little did these loyal staffers know that they would one day all end up in the clink.) 500 reels of the Super 8 film these men shot between 1969 and 1973 were confiscated by the FBI during the Watergate break-in investigation and kept under wraps for nearly 40 years.

The candid behavior captured in these home movies is spellbinding and sometimes creepy. In the end, the camera speaks for itself.

Here’s a sneak peak

Q&A November 20, 7:30: Sam Tanenhaus, gifted writer-at-large for the New York Times and JBFC audience favorite, will join us to talk about Nixon following the screening.

(Also being shown Nov. 23, 5:00)

Tickets on sale now!

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