Throughout Richard Nixon's presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, H.R. 'Bob' Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin had no idea that a few years later they'd all be in prison.
Their home movies of the president, over 500 reels, were seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years.
Piecing together this Super 8 treasure trove with other archival TV interviews and audio recordings from the original Watergate tapes, director Penny Lane has created an extraordinary, intimate and revealing record of the Nixon era.
Followed by this panel discussion with Iwan Morgan, Paul Mitchell and Uta Andrea Balbier.
***Iwan Morgan is Professor of US Studies and Commonwealth Fund Professor of American History at University College London. He has written extensively on Nixon/Watergate issues, including: Nixon (Bloomsbury, 2002); Presidents in the Movies: American History and Politics on Screen (Palgrave, 2011); and Watergate Remembered: The Legacy for American Politics (Palgrave, 2012).
***Paul Mitchell has been working in television since 1986, and since 1990 has lived in the UK producing award-winning films for the BBC, Discovery Channel, Channel 4, France Télévision, PBS, National Geographic. In 1994 he co-directed the five part BBC documentary WATERGATE, exploring in detail the events surrounding the Watergate conspiracy, which won an Emmy Award.
***Uta Andrea Balbier is the director of the Institute of North American Studies at King's College London. Her teaching and research interests focus on US political culture, US religious and sports history. She is currently completing her second monograph on Billy Graham's revival campaigns in Europe and the United States during the Cold War.
"A collage of images and sounds that tell a familiar story in an entirely new and mesmerizing way." – Washington Post
"This ingenious documentary honors Nixon's peculiar place in the American pysche." -The New York Times
"A closer look . . . than we've ever seen before." - IndieWire
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