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FILM: Oliver Stone's Nixon

Geez, what a dour movie but it's a dour subject. This was made before Oliver Stone toned down some of his conspiracy-mindedness so it's full of innuendo and speculation, especially regarding Nixon's possible ties to the JFK assassination. It all feels muddled.

I like his biopic of Bush better, but I like that Stone tried to portray Nixon as a complex human being. I even felt moments of sympathy for him, particularly in his obvious difficulty connecting with people. One scene that stuck in my mind was the depiction of Nixon's visit to the Lincoln Memorial. You could see him longing for the adulation that Lincoln receives but uncomprehending about how to attain it.

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reginaterrae
Aug. 8th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Nixon reversed the long-standing federal policy of "termination" of Indian nations, which was aimed at destroying the tribes as distinct political entities and therefore ending our treaty obligations with them. He initiated a policy of self-governance, which has been slowly but steadily building since then as tribal capacity is built up. This one initiative of his goes far, far toward balancing out his wicked side, for me.
marphilly
Aug. 8th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
That's interesting. I didn't know that. I think this is what the film was trying to get at, that here was a man who achieved great things and had the capacity to achieve true greatness but was ultimately tragically flawed.
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