- Alan J. Pakula
- Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards
The paranoia that swirled in President Nixon’s White House runs through Pakula’s exciting and detailed procedural, giving it the atmosphere of a film noir, especially whenever the film moves outside the newsroom into a murky D.C. As Roger Ebert writes, it “succeeds brilliantly in suggesting the mixture of exhilaration, paranoia, self-doubt, and courage that permeated the Washington Post as its two young reporters went after a presidency.” Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Robards as Ben Bradlee).
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the United States elected Donald Trump to the highest office in the country. Since that time, he has become the most controversial U.S. president in history, taking the country and its citizens (not to mention the rest of the world) on a roller coaster ride of false statements, twitter outbursts and possible obstruction of justice. Reminiscent of the latter part of the Nixon administration, when the President sought to fire those who would not do his bidding and investigative reporting played a major role in getting the truth out to the American public, one can’t help but make comparisons to the Watergate scandal. Whether Trump or members of his administration will ever be charged with “high crimes and misdemeanors” is unknown as we go to press, but one year into the maelstrom that is the Trump presidency, we thought it would be worth revisiting this classic. Faculty members will be invited to compare the Watergate scandal to the current reality.