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Our Nixon

Penny Lane, 2013, US, super8 & 16mm > video, ov st fr, 85'

The recent Wikileaks and NSA spying revelations don’t actually teach us anything new. Illegal surveillance practices are not novel. Only the methods and tools have changed. United States, 1972: the Watergate scandal broke. It will cause the resignation of President Richard Nixon two years later. This scandal and the descent of Nixon scarred American society at the time. Watergate revealed the extent of listening and monitoring systems established by the President. One of these secret recording systems had been placed inside several rooms of the White House. Hundreds of tapes, representing thousands of hours of recordings , were seized by investigators from the FBI. These famous " Watergate tapes" which have since been published in part, have been the subject of many books, studies, documentaries and TV series. Everything should have already been said , repeated and analysed. No so much. Only very recently recordings of another kind have been exhumed: 500 reels of Super8 film seized by the FBI along with other documents. We learn that three of the most important Nixon advisors were frequent amateur filmmakers. From 1969 to 1973, armed with Super8 cameras, HR Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin filmed freely what was happening behind the scenes at the White House or when traveling abroad with Nixon. These "Family films" reveal unsuspected facets of the administration and the president’s office at the time. One cannot fail to be amazed by the almost carefree attitude of these “golden boys”, while the Cold and Vietnam wars were in full swing. Made from these Super8 films, "Our Nixon" is a film montage mixing excerpts from the "Newsreels" of the day. The soundtrack consists of excerpts from the famous "Watergate tapes", interviews and other sound recordings. The film does not offer a more critical reading of U.S. policy at the time. The point of the film lies elsewhere. It is almost ethnographic in nature. "Our Nixon" lifts the veil on private moments in the life of a president. Media people did not really exist at the time. Director Penny Lane offers here a singular film some have defined as a kind of "Being John Malkovich" documentary. A pleasant plunge into the world of power!

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