Friday, January 23, 2009

Rewriting History (Revisiting Frost/Nixon)

Very interesting article in the Huffington Post by Elizabeth Drew.

Drew takes umbrage with the way Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan distorts history.

Now I'm no expert on Watergate, but I think some of the Drew's complaints are unrealistic.

This is a movie. I think the audience understands the story isn't a historical document.

Still, if you've seen the movie you probably wondered what the real story is. Drew's essay is a good Coles Notes version of the events surrounding the interview. The way Drew tells it Frost and Nixon were co-conspirators, both counting on the interview for different reasons. Worth a read.

And you can see more about my take on Frost/Nixon including some clips from the actual interviews here.

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