As the face of law enforcement in america for almost fifty years. Mlk drama selma shows the grunt work that went into making. Born on january 1, 1895 into a family of government bureaucrats, john edgar hoover joined the justice department shortly after the united states entered wwi. To them, and to millions of viewers, if a movie that looks like the past, then it is like the past. Is michael manns public enemies historically accurate. University history professor beverly gage, who is writing a biography of hoover, stated that the film accurately conveys that. Written by dustin lance black, the film focuses on the career of fbi director j. With leonardo dicaprio, armie hammer, naomi watts, josh hamilton. A scene early in the movie where martin wipes out twenty redcoats on his own is undeniably incredible but unlike the nameless extras, british regulars were trained to use their bayonets and would have stuck him like a pig. Edgar is a 2011 american biographical drama film directed, produced and scored by clint eastwood. Edgar early in his career because he was often confused with another attorney in the justice department named john e. With christian bale, johnny depp, christian stolte, jason clarke. Edgar fails to deliver the historical goods history. Edgar focuses on both hoovers career and his personal life, especially the neverdefined relationship with longtime companion clyde tolson armie hammer.
Edgar hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. That is the movies one gesture toward one of the most famous sort of pseudo facts about j. On the walls of the wardrobe department for boardwalk empire there were signs saying things like no girdle, no work in case any woman thought it was ok to liberate herself of period clothing. What the new lbj movie gets rightand wrong politico. The liberator is set in south america at the turn of the 19th century, where tangled junglescapes, mossy colonial architecture and butterflyinhabited meadows abound. Under the administrations of coolidge, hoover, roosevelt, truman, eisenhower, kennedy, johnson and nixon, he was, many believed, the second most powerful man in government. Edgar movie synopsis, view the movie trailer, get cast and crew information, see movie photos, and more on movies. As a moviegoer, i certainly appreciated the efforts made by those involved. Edgar hoover leonardo dicaprio becomes one of americas mostpowerful men. How do they film a movie which is based on historical period. Edgar hoover, which is this idea that he was a crossdresser. We were led to believe this would be an accurate portrayal of mr. The feds try to take down notorious american gangsters john dillinger, baby face nelson and pretty boy floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
On top of that, leonardo dicaprio is excellent, very professional. Among the historical figures with whom he either comes into contact or are prominently featured in subplots are emma goldman, john hoover i prefer j. As a teaching historian, carnes embraces the visual richness of movies, and, rather than fixate on historical inaccuracies within the films, uses them as jumpingoff points for discussion of larger historical issues. Insecure, aggressive, fragile, ambitious, and stunted, hoover is a very complicated character and one whos very difficult to pull off.
Garrow, author of a pulitzer prizewinning book on king, bearing the cross, to judge the historical accuracy of each. Edgar biopic all things considered host robert siegel offers some nonfiction scrutiny of clint eastwoods latest movie, j. If thats whats important, getting a bit of american history into a vivid big screen format, then this works pretty well. Born on january 1, 1895 into a family of government bureaucrats, john edgar hoover joined the justice department shortly after the united. Serving through eight presidents and three wars, hoover utilizes methods. Edgars release early this month, hundreds of agents have griped about the film on xgboys, a closed email list for fbi retirees that takes its name from one of hoovers pet. Edgar 2011 this is a particular kind of movie the based on fact biopicdone with great attention to period accuracy. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. Clint eastwoods biopic of j edgar hoover never gets to grips with the fbi founders sexuality, or his impact on american life. This particular case was actually made famous by the movie mississippi burning. As the face of law enforcement in the united states for almost 50 years, j. Garrow that the films depiction of johnsons authorizing j. As a teaching historian, carnes embraces the visual richness of movies, and, rather than fixate on historical inaccuracies within the films, uses them as jumpingoff points for discussion of.
Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and talky films with plots about storytelling, mentor, corruption, justice, runaway, adaptation and greed mostly in biography, drama and romance genres. History is full of noteworthy people and events that are just ripe for the screenwriter s picking and often result in. Quickly earning the trust of his superiors, hoover was assigned to help decide who would be arrested as a radical. The history behind the leonardo dicaprio movie photos.
Aug 16, 2019 to them, and to millions of viewers, if a movie that looks like the past, then it is like the past. Dec 24, 2014 ava duvernays selma, a retelling of dr. However, he also struggles to keep secret his romantic relationship with clyde tolson arnie hammer, the assistant director of the bureau. Edgar is a 2011 biopic of the powerful and notorious j. It is an adaptation of bryan burroughs nonfiction book public enemies.
The 10 most historically inaccurate movies of all time. The almost fantastical approach to the setting allowed coppola to take a bit too much artistic liberty, resulting in the portrayal of frances iconic queen being more of a painting than a photograph. Funny how even the dearest face will fade away in time, but most clearly i remember your eyes with a sort of teasing smile in them, and the feeling of that soft spot just. Public enemies is a 2009 american biographical crime drama film directed by michael mann and written by mann, ronan bennett and ann biderman. In reality, argues lambert, ferrie adamantly denied involvement and offered to take a lie detector test to prove it. Fortyone years later to the day, former ku klux klansman edgar ray killen was convicted of manslaughter in those 1964 slayings 6. Selma written by paul webb with uncredited input from duvernay, selma tells the riveting story of how king and other civilright leaders chose selma to press for the. C j edgar hoover founded the fbi in 1935, and remained its director until his death in 1972. An excellent student, he was the best debater in high school. Projecting a guarded persona in public and in private, he lets few into his inner circle. Edgar hoover is a difficult subject to approach as a film, he was a man liked by almost no one, and feared and loathed by many, which makes him difficult to use as a sympathetic character, and indeed most of the time hes not.
That the film looks to touch on the intimate details of all of these. For instance, the movie depicts david ferrie, one of garrisons suspects, confessing to assisting in the conspiracy. Something about the words based on a true story flashing across the screen has the ability to capture a viewers attention unlike anything else. The bitter faceoff between the kennedys and hoover that transformed america. This is a particular kind of moviethe based on fact biopicdone with great attention to period accuracy. Edgar hoover was the head of the bureau of investigation from 1924 until he died in 1972. Edgar stars leonardo dicaprio, naomi watts, armie hammer, josh lucas the r movie has a runtime of about 2 hr 17 min, and received a score of 59 out of 100 on. While the movie raises questions about hoovers sexuality that it doesnt answer, theres no actual sex in it though one scene features apparent recorded noises of an amorous couple. Edgar hoover 18851972 was director of the federal bureau of investigation fbi for 48 years, reshaping that organization into a highly effective investigative agency. Edgar is another leftwing attempt to spit on the grave of fbi founder and director j. If readers are looking for historical accuracy regarding the alleged sexual.
Leonardo dicaprio as j edgar hoover in clint eastwoods film j edgar. Edgar to the equation, youre no further along than if. With james stewart, vera miles, murray hamilton, larry pennell. Edgar hoover leonardo dicaprio tells a young fbi agent the story of his life, which is presented through a series of flashbacks, beginning with the bombing of attorney general palmers house in 1919. Edgar was obsessed with secrecy and that character is signified in the the secrecy of his birth and horoscope of nov. One line under the section historical accuracy needs to be crossreference, and probably removed. Fluff and angst,toxic relationship, unhealthy relationship, secret relationship j. Edgar 2011 this is a particular kind of moviethe based on fact biopicdone with great attention to period accuracy. Serving through eight presidents and three wars, hoover utilizes methods both ruthless and heroic to keep his country safe.
Edgar hoover was also a man very much caught up in his own myth, and the film does a good job of showing that. The movie is correct in saying that hoover compiled extensive files on the sex. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career, and his life. Edgar, beginning with his appointment as the head of the fbi in 1924, through the cold war and. Francis ford coppolas adaptation of mario puzos bestselling family novel is consistently rated in the top three motion.
The vibrancy of both color palette and costuming gave the movie a unique visual look, one that almost helped disguise the historical accuracy. Questions tagged historical accuracy ask question questions about the precise conformity of events or characters portrayed in films or tv shows to real figuresevents. Its slow, almost glacial, in parts, and then quickly, shockingly moving in others. Jfk 10 historically inaccurate movies howstuffworks. Now he has been dead for 39 years, and what most people probably think they know. Cars, clothes, guns, and buildings all appear to be of the right vintage, if a little clean and shiny for the worst year of the great depression. Edgar fails to deliver the historical goods history news network. The accuracy of historical biopics is often disputed, and this is also the case with j. Shjne love, romance, drama full movies recommended for you. Its a biased representation, written by a leftwing homosexual activist in hollywood, of hoovers public and private life that obviously hasnt done the true due diligence required for such a movie. Opinion a historical controversy about selma the new. Alan orange aug 12, 2011 get your first look at the actor on set with director clint eastwood in this awardseason biopic from. Jan 12, 2015 the most contentious and controversial event in the movie is a scene where its strongly suggested johnson ordered fbi director j. Edgar has the difficult, probably impossible, task of portraying a complex figure in a limited timeframe.
Oliver stone has a reputation for bending historical truths to fit the dramatic narrative needs of his films and jfk is no exception. Edgar hoover was born on january 1, 1895 and grew up in washington, dc. Edgar should also feature many an interesting character dynamic between dicaprios hoover and the people in his life especially, his devoted lifelong secretary, helen gandy naomi watts, his perhapstooinfluential mother, anne marie judi dench, and his confidanterumored secret lover, clyde tolson armie hammer. Edgar hoover that transformed america hersh, burton on. The far side of the worlds historical accuracy is a matter of some debate simply because of the nature of the films plot. A dedicated fbi agent recalls the agencys battles against the klan, organized crime and communist spies. Most of the characters in this movie never really existed although some are based on certain archetypes, and the major conflict that the movie portrayed is also entirely fictional. To accomplish this, it tends to simplify and compress the historical record to tell a. Americas greatest crime wave and the birth of the fbi, 193334. The aviator 2004, a beautiful mind 2001, milk 2008, steal this movie 2000, hoffa 1992.
I have crossreferenced, but im sure that such things require doublecrossreferencing. Periodically through the history of his tenure, there was an innuendo here. Oscarwinning director clint eastwood cast leonardo dicaprio to portray the rise of hoover in j. The godfather is a historic movie that made and remade history.1478 1576 1636 202 1012 925 821 1310 1594 927 1559 1187 964 1553 312 703 148 779 97 1229 678 1351 267 180 187 219 768 247 1365 1164 1498 169 385 229 61