December 12, 2004

"More cultivated than Kennedy, more cosmopolitan than Johnson, more intelligent than Reagan, more disciplined than Clinton."

That would be Nixon, according to this review of the book "Nixon at the Movies."
John Ford was his favorite director, and among the several classics he viewed were ''Vertigo,'' ''The Maltese Falcon,'' ''Rio Bravo'' and ''Citizen Kane.'' (Is there anyone who would be more interesting to talk to about Charles Foster Kane than Richard Nixon?) He watched filmed treatments of ''Hamlet,'' ''The Sea Gull'' and ''War and Peace,'' pictures, [author Mark] Feeney suggests, that John Kennedy, the James Bond enthusiast, would probably have walked out on.

Don't miss the illustration at the link.

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