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Millhouse (1971)



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5 May 1972 (Finland)  »

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Emile de Antonio's Millhouse  »

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One of two early feature film 1970s presidential political comedies made during U.S. President Richard Nixon's American presidency and spoofing him and his administration of the day. The movies are Millhouse (1971) (aka "Millhouse: A White Comedy") and Hail (1972) (aka "Mr. President" and "Washington, B.C" and "Hail to the Chief"). See more »


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Music by James Sanderson
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Not as Good As Its Reputation, But Cringe Worthy Nonetheless
30 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

De Antonio's films, while engaging and highly intelligent, are poorly dated primarily because they assume that their audiences are already very familiar with their subjects. (See his superior "Underground" or "In The Year of The Pig") Aside from that, the biggest problem with this film is that it was made pre-Watergate and for many people of my generation ('90s kids), Watergate was such a defining moment for the Ex-Pres it's hard to imagine a time when he wasn't tainted by it.

Still, after the Swiftboat attacks on Kerry in 04 and the entire 08 election, the fevered criticism of Nixon's "Checkers" speech seems almost naive.

Not as side-splittingly hilarious as its proponents suggest, this film of pre-Watergate Nixon is valuable as a supporting document but unfortunately, it doesn't quite, as a Time Out review exclaimed, "completely expose the true horror of Nixon's personality". Sadly, the world would have to wait another three years for that shock.

Formally this film is excellent and is a good example of the agit-prop documentary. Micheal Moore learned a lot from De Antonio's process.

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