August 23, 2013
Trying to Make Nixon’s Henchmen Seem Human

Thirty-five-year-old filmmaker Penny Lane grew up hearing the myth of Richard Nixon and his aides. The “dirty tricks” they pulled during the 1972 presidential campaign, the thugs they hired to loot their enemies’ offices, their way of stonewalling the press: This is the collective memory of the Nixon administration.
But their home movies tell a different story. “The minute you turned on these Super 8 films, it was impossible not to grapple with the fact that that’s not what you see in them. It doesn’t mean the Super 8 films are true, and the other image is untrue, but it certainly complicated the stereotypical, black and white version of the story that I had grown up with,” Lane said on Thursday in an interview at The Atlantic's headquarters — the Watergate, as it happens.
Read more. [Image: Gary Denham/Flickr]

Trying to Make Nixon’s Henchmen Seem Human

Thirty-five-year-old filmmaker Penny Lane grew up hearing the myth of Richard Nixon and his aides. The “dirty tricks” they pulled during the 1972 presidential campaign, the thugs they hired to loot their enemies’ offices, their way of stonewalling the press: This is the collective memory of the Nixon administration.

But their home movies tell a different story. “The minute you turned on these Super 8 films, it was impossible not to grapple with the fact that that’s not what you see in them. It doesn’t mean the Super 8 films are true, and the other image is untrue, but it certainly complicated the stereotypical, black and white version of the story that I had grown up with,” Lane said on Thursday in an interview at The Atlantic's headquarters — the Watergate, as it happens.

Read more. [Image: Gary Denham/Flickr]

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    I just watched “Our Nixon” last night. It’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the fellers who worked alongside...
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