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Pentagon Papers Release (2011)

Review: Torn from yesterday's headlines, Charles Ferguson's documentary 'Watergate' resonates today

Review: Torn from yesterday's headlines, Charles Ferguson's documentary 'Watergate' resonates today

Can a nearly 4½-hour documentary be about current events without ever directly referencing anything that’s taken place in the last three years?

If the movie is called “Watergate,” then yes. So, do I need to be incident-and-name-specific about the parallels to today? Surely not, if director Charles Ferguson is going to be cheeky enough to winkingly subtitle his exhaustive history of the scandal, “Or, How We Learned to Stop an Out-of-Control President.” I forget, which branch of government gets to appoint Special Prosecutor of the Bleeding Obvious?

Even without the bombshell-a-day swarm we’re living in, which could make watching “Watergate” like turning your news-junkie...

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