For those who may see Watergate as ancient history, these projects, featuring those who participated in and covered the story, also underscore that this earlier constitutional threat was much closer than it appears in the rearview mirror.
As for refresher courses, here are a few options, including some that qualify as Watergate-adjacent in terms of helping understand or remember what happened.
Incorporating interviews old and new, the project also captures the huge “hit” that televised Watergate hearings were, back in the days when there were three networks and not many viewing alternatives.
“Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal”
A four-part docuseries currently airing on CNN, the project features interviews with John Dean, among others.
“Watergate” (Story, June 17)
The History channel will repeat his six-part docuseries, which originally premiered in 2018.
“All the President’s Men” (Max HBO)
A remake of director Alan J. Pakula’s 1976 film version of Woodward and Bernstein’s book stands out for unintended reasons in certain locations, such as a gathering of Washington Post editors consisting entirely of older white men in white shirts. white, debating whether to support the youth. reporters
At its core, though, the film holds its own and then some, from its exploration of classic shoe-skin reporting to frightened sources who can’t keep quiet about the corruption they witnessed. Add to that the sensational performances and Oscar-winning screenplay by William Goldman, with signature lines like Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook) telling Woodward (Robert Redford) to “follow the money” and “The truth is, these aren’t guys very smart, and things got out of hand.
“Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House”
Michael Sheen and Frank Langella reprized their stage roles as David Frost and Nixon in the making of their famous 1977 television interviews, an entertaining film, defined by its standout performances, that has as much to do with the pressure on the interviewer and his verbal rejection as with your theme.