Epilogue: Nixon in the Movies

in Nixon at the Movies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226239682
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226239705 | DOI:
Epilogue: Nixon in the Movies

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From Richard Nixon, Mob boss manqué, to Richard Nixon, master of the revels, and all these others in between, there appears a wildly miscellaneous collection of references and allusions; varied though the range of citations is, it would be far longer if one wanted to be comprehensive. Graphic violence, sexual openness, and frank language were the most obvious elements in the new movie environment, but they were also more superficial elements. Nixon's relation to the Silver Age went beyond politicization and mutual paranoia, though it extended to the nature of celebrity. The Conversation owes an obvious debt to Blow-Up (1966), using audiotape to do for ambiguity what Antonioni's film did with photography and to a more European approach generally.

Keywords: Richard Nixon; graphic violence; The Conversation; photography; politicization

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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