While President Nixon amassed a mountain of damning audiotapes in the Oval Office, White House senior staff members J.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, & Dwight Chapin (all of whom ended up in jail) shot amateur videos for the delight of family & friends. (“And here we are at the Great Wall of China!!!”)
Impounded for decades, filmmaker Penny Lane knits their newly-released footage together with archival materials to make a compelling personal doc about the Watergate Era & its aftermath. (JLH: 4/5) Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. Not yet seen by Rich.
Top Photo: Dwight Chapin with his Super 8.
Bottom Photo: On the Nixon/Agnew Campaign Trail. The most sobering part of Our Nixon is the footage of all the people Nixon referred to, with so much affection, as “the Silent Majority.” Even though so much has changed in the interim, these folks look just like Tea Party folks… Now how scary is that?!?
Bonus Photo: Richard Nixon surrounded by journalists on his historic trip to China. And who were those journalists? So many guys… So many white guys… And yet there in the crowd, find Barbara Walters (left) & Helen Thomas (right), making history of their own!
Photo Credits: Penny Lane