Secret Honor (1984)
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After resigning in disgrace, Richard Nixon (Philip Baker Hall) sits at a desk in his study late at night, dictating his memoirs. Taking one drink, then another, he rants about Eisenhower, Castro, Khruschchev, Kissinger, the Kennedys, and any number of other people, some real, some imagined, finally cohering into a remarkable explanation of why his fall from grace was actually a supreme and selfless act of patriotism. Robert Altman's film adaptation of Hall's one-man show (written by Donald Freed
Jul 1, 1984 Limited
Oct 19, 2004
Cinecom International Films
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One of the funniest, most unsettling, most imaginative and most surprisingly affecting movies of its very odd kind I've ever seen.
The dramatic material, overheated to begin with, is hyped up by hysterical acting and further exaggerated by a busy mise-en-scene based on meaningless camera movements and space-destroying zooms.
Does anyone have a clue what Altman was driving at with this intense glob of lunacy?
We begin to understand [Nixon] -- or at least this representation of him -- in a human way that press coverage or television speeches could never capture.
[Hall's] performance transcends the political baggage of the film itself.
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