Thursday, June 09, 2005

follow the money

Now that one of the most well-kept secrets of the 20th century has been shattered, the sales of prints and merchandise associated with All the President's Men and Deep Throat should soar. And while the media gets dumbly busy polarising W. Mark Felt's motivations for singing (you have only two options: "patriot" or "traitor"), Hal Holbrook, who played DT in the Pakula film, has a much better (IMHO) take on the subject [sign-your-life-away NYTimes URL]. More realistic even. From a filmmaking perspective, there's an important lesson to be taken when he notes: "We were better off when we didn't know who this was, [...] because it was possible to create some illusions about it."

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