History Film / Nixon

8th May '16 3:11:50 PM AllenbysEyes88
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** Earlier in the film, the horse rearing up and panicking when J. Edgar Hoover chats with Nixon.
26th Mar '16 8:01:54 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* GilliganCut: Played for drama: we cut directly from Nixon's idealistic acceptance speech (calling for government reform and a "New American Revolution") to footage of American warplanes bombing Cambodia.
7th Feb '16 11:05:32 AM JulianLapostat
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of SlaveToPR and Image politics in general, as well as the vagaries of historical reputation.



* SirSwearsALot: Nixon, very much TruthInTelevision.

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* SirSwearsALot: Nixon, very much TruthInTelevision. A great joke is when he sees the tape transcripts and sees all the swears and is shocked, ''shocked'', that it has so many swear words and tries to blacken it out, making the pages covered in ink.
* SlaveToPR: Nixon is very much so. Indeed the film generally looks at how mass media and TV coverage greatly affected Nixon's mentality and the kind of pressures this kind of media influence had on transparency and surveillance. Nixon becomes obsessed with Kennedy's ControversyProofImage and becomes TheResenter that his image is not good enough. Most of the movie is about Nixon's paranoia as a president stemming from the fact that he's always being watched, his actions judged and scrutinized at every step of the way which requires politicans to create a media personality to project on camera, often serving as the DesignatedHero (in the case of Kennedy) and the DesignatedVillain (in the case of Nixon). Nixon's watergate scandal, his wiretapping and his personal life becomes all about the image and eventually, he starts BecomingTheMask.
7th Feb '16 12:54:03 AM JulianLapostat
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* AlwaysSecondBest: Nixon has a heavy dose of this in this film with regards to Kennedy, even if ultimately as he's aware and the film portrays it, his was a far more consequential presidency than Kennedy's (even without the Assassination cutting Kennedy's career short).


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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The hints towards various groups involvement in the assassination of the Kennedys is this for those who agree with the Warren Commission report.


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* DepravedHomosexual: How J. Edgar Hoover is portrayed, in his interaction with a pool-boy while Clyde Tolson smirks beside him.


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* GloryDays: Nixon invokes Lincoln's regime as this as for the Republican party. He points to the college students that it was the Republicans that abolished slavery during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and that his ancestors included abolitionists and there was a point when ''they'' were the progressive party.


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** More broadly Nixon is angry about how this process works and desperate that it happens to him. The film focuses on the various presidential portraits in the background of the White House, with UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, obviously the tradition that Nixon aspires to. At the end, he sees Kennedy's unfinished presidential portrait and realizes that this process has happened to Kennedy and there's not anything he can do about it.
4th Dec '15 1:45:52 PM AllenbysEyes
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* HistoricalInJoke: Chief of Staff Al Haig yells out "I'm in Charge here!", when Nixon is admitted to hospital. This a reference to his bizarre press conference (while serving as Secretary of State) that he held when President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan suffered an assassination attempt.

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* HistoricalInJoke: Chief of Staff Al Haig yells out "I'm in Charge here!", when Nixon is admitted to hospital. This is a reference to his bizarre press conference (while serving as Secretary of State) that he held when President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan suffered an assassination attempt. attempt.
** Nixon also mentions liking Creator/ElvisPresley at one point, referencing Nixon's [[http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/nixon-met-elvis/index.html famous meeting with Elvis]].


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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Nixon says this about JFK.
15th Nov '15 11:51:33 AM nombretomado
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* HistoricalInJoke: Chief of Staff Al Haig yells out "I'm in Charge here!", when Nixon is admitted to hospital. This a reference to his bizarre press conference (while serving as Secretary of State) that he held when President RonaldReagan suffered an assassination attempt.

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* HistoricalInJoke: Chief of Staff Al Haig yells out "I'm in Charge here!", when Nixon is admitted to hospital. This a reference to his bizarre press conference (while serving as Secretary of State) that he held when President RonaldReagan UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan suffered an assassination attempt.
9th Nov '15 6:29:00 PM nombretomado
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* TragicHero: Played with in the character of RichardNixon (emphasis on "tragic") in a way that it makes Nixon into a giant case of WhatCouldHaveBeen. LampShaded by Kissinger.

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* TragicHero: Played with in the character of RichardNixon UsefulNotes/RichardNixon (emphasis on "tragic") in a way that it makes Nixon into a giant case of WhatCouldHaveBeen. LampShaded by Kissinger.
23rd Oct '15 6:53:04 AM AllenbysEyes
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Nixon visiting the Lincoln Memorial and coming across a group of antiwar protestors really happened, and (aside from the girl's speech about "the Beast") the dialogue is pretty close to published accounts of the incident. Nonetheless, some reviewers found the scene both unrealistic and implausible.
22nd Oct '15 7:03:45 PM AllenbysEyes
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Nixon visiting the Lincoln Memorial and coming across a group of antiwar protestors really happened, and (aside from the girl's speech about "the Beast") the dialogue is pretty close to published accounts of the incident. Nonetheless, some reviewers found the scene both unrealistic and implausible.
22nd Oct '15 6:56:11 PM AllenbysEyes
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* HiddenDepths: In a quiet moment, Nixon laments the shooting of the students protesting over the bombing of Cambodia. He admits that he wants to send his condolences to the families, [[ThirdPersonPerson "But Nixon can't."]]
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: John Ehrlichman, who's treated as the OnlySaneMan trying to check Nixon's more extreme actions. In reality, he wasn't much different from Haldeman in either his protectiveness of Nixon and propensity for rough tactics against opponents.
* HistoricalInJoke: Chief of Staff Al Haig yells out "I'm in Charge here!", when Nixon is admitted to hospital. This a reference to his bizarre press conference (while serving as Secretary of State) that he held when President RonaldReagan suffered an assassination attempt.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Nixon starts the taping of The White House in order to control the leaks. The tapes become a potentially fatal evidence during his impeachment.



* HiddenDepths: In a quiet moment, Nixon laments the shooting of the students protesting over the bombing of Cambodia. He admits that he wants to send his condolences to the families, [[ThirdPersonPerson "But Nixon can't."]]
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: John Ehrlichman, who's treated as the OnlySaneMan trying to check Nixon's more extreme actions. In reality, he wasn't much different from Haldeman in either his protectiveness of Nixon and propensity for rough tactics against opponents.
* HistoricalInJoke: Chief of Staff Al Haig yells out "I'm in Charge here!", when Nixon is admitted to hospital. This a reference to his bizarre press conference (while serving as Secretary of State) that he held when President RonaldReagan suffered an assassination attempt.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Nixon starts the taping of The White House in order to control the leaks. The tapes become a potentially fatal evidence during his impeachment.


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* ProfessionalButtKisser: Kissinger gets this treatment, most notably in [[EstablishingCharacterMoment his introductory scene]] where he supports Nixon's invasion of Cambodia over the protests of Nixon's cabinet (whom he labels "cowards").
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