The White House Home Movies: Richard Nixon on Super-8

The White House Home Movies: Richard Nixon on Super-8

Presented by Nixon aide Dwight Chapin, Brian Frye, Penny Lane; moderated by J. Hoberman

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2


Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas were not the only “amateur” filmmakers who embarked on open-ended home-movie epics during the 1960s. As President Richard Nixon tape-recorded his conversations for posterity, so his devoted aides—H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin—shot hundreds of rolls of Super-8 film documenting the historic moments and everyday occurrences of the Nixon presidency. Official banquets, parades, ceremonial balls, campaign rallies, and world-historic state visits “become mere episodes in one man’s life, rather than political events.” This special—dare we say, historic?—program includes a selection of raw camera rolls, several restored sequences (among them Nixon’s 1972 trip to China), and excerpts from Brian Frye and Penny Lane’s work-in-progress Our Nixon, and features a conversation with the filmmakers and Nixon’s chronicler, Dwight Chapin, moderated by J. Hoberman. Program approx. 90 min.

In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

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