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'All the President's Men': Watergate Classic Academy Screening

Through a black hole in the cosmic fabric, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, and Martin Balsam are able to watch primetime TV news from the year 2006. They can't believe that the U.S. political scene could be even more dire in the early 21st century than it was in the early 1970s.

Some consider it the best political film ever made. I don't agree, but All the President's Men is a must-see because it reminds us all that history – minus the truth-digging reporters and the newspaper editor who actually cares about real news – keeps repeating itself because human beings are either too stupid or too lazy (or both) to learn from the past.

I'm assuming that the names of the “members of the cast and crew” who will show up at the screening will be announced at a later date. Three of the performers shown in the picture above (Jason Robards, Jack Warden, and Martin Balsam) are dead, and so is the film's director, Alan J. Pakula.

Press Release:

Beverly Hills, CA – CREEP, Deep Throat and two tenacious reporters, will hit the screen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 30th anniversary presentation of All the President's Men on Thursday, November 16, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. In addition a panel discussion with members of the cast and crew will be moderated by Newsweek film critic David Ansen.

A new print of the film, from the Academy Film Archive, will be screened.

All the President's Men recounts the Watergate scandal from the point of view of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (portrayed by Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (portrayed by Dustin Hoffman), whose Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation led to the discovery of the Nixon tapes, the resignations of prominent White House staffers and ultimately the resignation of Nixon himself. The film, based on the reporters' book of the same name, reveals the identities of several key sources and offers detailed accounts of Woodward's secret meetings with his now-infamous source, “Deep Throat.”

The film received eight Academy Award® nominations in 1976, including one for Best Picture (Walter Coblenz, producer). All the President's Men won Oscars® for Actor in a Supporting Role (Jason Robards as Post executive editor Ben Bradlee), Art Direction (George Jenkins; Set Decoration: George Gaines), Sound (Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander and Jim Webb) and Writing - Screenplay based on material from another medium (William Goldman).

The film also earned nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role (Jane Alexander as “The Bookkeeper”), Directing (Alan J. Pakula) and Film Editing (Robert L. Wolfe).

Tickets for All the President's Men are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members. They may be purchased in advance at the Academy beginning November 1, by mail, or if still available, on the night of the event when the doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is unreserved.

The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Free parking is provided in the garages located at 8920 and 9025 Wilshire Boulevard. For additional information, call (310) 247-3600.


         
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