Redford revisits plot
Almost 40 years after Watergate a doco looks at lessons learned
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.