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New Watergate Documentary Has Parallels With Donald Trump

New Watergate Documentary: President Nixon with his edited transcripts of the White House Tapes subpoenaed by the Special Prosecutor, during his speech to the Nation on Watergate
President Nixon with his edited transcripts of the White House Tapes subpoenaed by the Special Prosecutor, during his speech to the Nation on Watergate. (Photo via the National Archives and Records Administration, public domain/CC0.)

Several movie reviews are already calling attention to a new Watergate documentary for its parallels between Richard Nixon and current president Donald Trump, although the film never mentions Trump.

Political scandal and an “out of control” president are at the center of a new Watergate documentary and it’s not about Trump — although its parallels are clear.

Watergate premiered in select theaters on October 12, focusing on former president Richard Nixon and the infamous scandal involving abuses of power and obstruction of justice, which led to his resignation in 1974.

With a running time of over four hours, Oscar-winning director Charles Ferguson (Inside Job) has plenty of time to delve into the subject.

There are interviews with several key Watergate figures to provide a thorough glimpse into Richard Nixon’s flawed psyche.

Included in the documentary are reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, Dan Rather, Nixon White House aides John Dean and Pat Buchanan, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Elsberg, the late John McCain, and former members of the Senate Watergate Committee, such as Lowell Weicker.

Along with archival footage, the film also employs reenactments: Tony-award winning British actor Douglas Hodge portrays Nixon, depicting scenes such as taped Oval Office meetings of the former president.

Several reviews are already calling out the documentary’s parallels between Richard Nixon and current president Donald Trump, although the film never mentions Trump.

The opening credits include a full title card that reads: “Watergate: Or How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President.”

The film also addresses the subject of Nixon blaming the media when he lost the election to John F. Kennedy, and calling for investigations into his enemies.

Director Ferguson (who also narrates the film) reportedly closes the film with a heavily implied reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Indeed, the director revealed in his press notes that he began this documentary four years ago as “a historical detective story,” only to recognize that the issues within were “urgently relevant.”

Ferguson’s previous documentaries addressed the Iraq War (No End in Sight) and the 2008 financial crisis (Inside Job), which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Watergate will play in New York and Los Angeles beginning Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, respectively, before premiering on History Channel on Nov. 2.

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7 Comments

  1. Cheryl Casillas October 16, 2018

    duh!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Dorothy McKown October 16, 2018

    Nixon was an angel compared to rump!!!

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  3. Lawrence Charles October 22, 2018

    DUH!!!!!

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  4. Gail Ladella October 22, 2018

    BS

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  5. Gen Tate-Jewett October 22, 2018

    Not surprised…But TRUMP IS A TRAITOR TO THIS COUNTRY IN SOOOOOO MANY WAYS…

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  6. Beatriz Salinas October 22, 2018

    What is this POS not involved in, that he hasn’t left a yellow spot on beside his dirty dingy underwear! POS white privilege fucker it would be devastating if he stays! Delusional and demented pendejo wannabe dictator! He’s destroying democracy and if Republican people can’t foresee what he doing in front of them, nothing is worth a lie! 😠😠😠😠🤡🤡🤡☠☠☠💀💀💀

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  7. Von De Santo October 23, 2018

    The dealio is all sitting president after have such amounts of conflicts of interest that politician in the right mind would consider going down the rabbit hole
    The Dems are back in a corner and are behaving as desperate animals would and such circumstances
    That doesn’t mean false superheroes will not fall

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