Red­ford re­vis­its plot

Al­most 40 years af­ter Water­gate a doco looks at lessons learned

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HOL­LY­WOOD star Robert Red­ford is re­turn­ing to Water­gate with a doc­u­men­tary about the 1970s scan­dal that brought down Richard Nixon’s pres­i­dency, the New York Times re­ports.

All The Pres­i­dent’s Men Re­vis­ited, a two-hour look back on Water­gate and its en­dur­ing legacy on Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and me­dia, is to air on the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel in the US in 2013.

The doc­u­men­tary marks the start of Sun­dance Pro­duc­tions, launched by Red­ford to cre­ate pro­gram­ming for tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ers and the in­ter­net.

The doc­u­men­tary takes its name from All the Pres­i­dent’s Men, in which Red­ford and Dustin Hoffman por­trayed Bob Wood­ward and Carl Bern­stein, the Washington Post re­porters who ex­posed the Water­gate af­fair.

The New York Times said Wood­ward, Bern­stein, for­mer Washington Post ed­i­tor Ben Bradlee and Red­ford gath­ered in Wood­ward’s liv­ing room in March and dis­cussed the project.

‘‘What’s the legacy of Water­gate? What do we un­der­stand? What are some of the lessons? It’s been a long time,’’ says Wood­ward, the au­thor of sev­eral best-sell­ing po­lit­i­cal books.

Nixon, who died in 1994, re­signed in 1974 when he was im­pli­cated in a plot to cover up a break-in by Re­pub­li­can op­er­a­tives two years ear­lier at the Demo­cratic party head­quar­ters in the Water­gate apart­ment com­plex.

The doc­u­men­tary touches upon the role of Mark Felt, a for­mer as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor of the FBI who in 2005 re­vealed him­self to be Deep Throat, the long-anony­mous Water­gate whistle­blower.

Bob Wood­ward, Ben Bradlee, Carl Bern­stein and (be­low) ac­tor Robert Red­ford.

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