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All the President's Men

All the President's Men

Film screening followed by a conversation with Harry Rosenfeld and Paul Grondahl

7 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, UAlbany Downtown Campus

EVENT LISTING:
A screening of four-time Oscar winner "All the President's Men" will be followed by a talk with NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl and former Washington Post editor Harry M. Rosenfeld, on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. [note early start time] in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany downtown campus.

Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the NYS Writers Institute as part of its Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World symposium and cosponsored by UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice’s Crime, History and Public Memory Film Series.

PROFILE:
Albany, NY — A president antagonistic toward the press. A newspaper determined to uncover corruption rooted in the Oval Office.

"All the President's Men" (1976, 136 minutes, color), based on the 1974 book of the same title by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, tells the story of the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Directed Harry Rosenfeldby Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, respectively.

Following the screening, NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl will interview Harry M. Rosenfeld, right, who served as Metro Editor at The Washington Post during the 1970s and played a significant role in the Watergate coverage.

Rosenfeld hired Woodward, was in charge of daily coverage of the investigation, and fought to keep “Woodstein” on the story despite intense pressure to give it to the Post’s more experienced reporters on its National Desk.

As noted in Roger Ebert’s 1976 Chicago Sun-Times review: “The Watergate story started as a local story, not a national one, and it was a continuing thorn in the side of the Post's prestigious national staff as Woodward and Bernstein kept it as their own.”

In her memoir Personal History (1997), Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham describes Rosenfeld as "an old-style, tough, picturesque editor, and another real hero of Watergate for us… He controlled the story before it regularly made page one of the paper, keeping it going on the front page of the metro section." Rosenfeld moved to Albany in 1978 and became editor of the Times Union and the now-defunct Knickerbocker News. He retired in 1996, becoming the Times Union's editor-at-large. In the film, Rosenfeld is played by Jack Warden.

For additional information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620.