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Throughout Richard Nixon s presidency, three of his top White House aides documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they d all be at the center of a history-making impeachment scandal. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years. OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before.
OVER AN HOUR OF BONUS FEATURES: Travels With Nixon ; Nixon and Friends ; Who s Who Subtitle Track
. . . a uniquely dynamic time capsule. --Philadelphia Inquirer
[S]urprising and artistically keen…eerie and beautiful. --The Washington Post
Top Customer Reviews
"Our Nixon" covers a wide range of events. We see Nixon being sworn in in 1969, his talking to the astronaut crew on the moon, his 1972 trip to China and some political rallies. These alone could make for a powerful film, but there are "lighter" moments, too...one of the Ray Coniff Singers offers a verbal protest of the Vietnam War just before the group sings at a white House dinner in 1972, for instance. My favorite segment was one where Nixon and Haldeman are discussing the new tv sitcom "All in the Family". Nixon can't believe that homosexuality is being glorified on the show as he reminds Haldeman that homosexuality was the reason the the Greek empire came to an end.
On the eve of the opening of the Senate Watergate hearings Nixon goes on tv to announce the Haldeman and Ehrlichman resignations. After the announcement we hear Nixon (sounding slightly drunk) telling Haldeman that he's done well, that he's strong and that he loves him. In fact, in several instances in the film, Nixon is on the phone looking for sympathy in one way or another.
I highly recommend "Our Nixon" for a fresh insight into the man who was our thirty-seventh president. It's an eye-opener and one that will add to our understanding of the president and the era in which he presided.
Now of course looking back, he wasn't as bad as certain other more recent presidents who got us into undeclared wars, started us on this massive debt spending etc etc.. And the bits with Daniel Ellsburg and Nixon's reaction remind me of Edward Snowdon. The film doesn't go into how a guy who campaigned on getting the USA out of Vietnam could let the war drag on for another 5 years. Nor does it cover his "war on drugs" which is on the tapes as being a way to disrupt the liberal left and the black leaders by arresting them on drug charges. It also doesn't cover his creation of HMO's and part of the reason health care is still as messed up as it is now. (See Sicko [HD] which has those tape clips in it.)
This film is home clips with the tapes and it's great. It's like looking at movies of your own family if you happened to have a dad who was president of the USA.
I also can't get that opening song out my head either... Tracy Ulman's "They Don't know about ..."
Still a complex man done in by an act of unnecessary criminality, he would have won in 1972 without the dirty tricks. Although it might have been different if Muskie wasn't eliminated early and that was one of the things CREEP worked on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Penny Lane is a charlatan - I dislike Nixon's behavior and his track record as much as the rest of us -- but my problem is learning more about this director. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Roger C.
As I write this in 2014, April marks twenty years since Richard M. Nixon died and August observes the fortieth anniversary of his resignation from the presidency. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. L LaRegina
Informative DVD. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in history of politics. It had a really good storyline in very good footage from that time in historyPublished 22 months ago by Melbourne1977