PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER

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THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER

Larry Cohen
USA, 1977
Fiction, 112min, OF

THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER

Larry Cohen
USA, 1977
Fiction, 112min, OF

Cast: 
Broderick Crawford
J. Edgar Hoover
James Wainwright
junger J. Edgar Hoover
Michael Parks
Robert F. Kennedy
José Ferrer
Lionel McCoy
Celeste Holm
Florence Hollister
Rip Torn
Dwight Webb
Screenplay: 
Larry Cohen
Sound: 
Robert Ghiraldini
Jane Landis
Camera: 
Paul Glickman
Editor: 
Christopher Lebenzon
Composer: 
Miklós Rózsa
Decoration: 
Cathy Davis
Costume: 
Lewis Freedman
Carolyn Loewenstein

Production: 
Larco Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color and Black/White

The Private Files of J.Edgar Hoover tells the story of the first director of the FBI who remained head of the organisation until his death in 1972. Larry Cohen has adopted two visual styles. There’s the backlot look used to reenact great moments in J. Edgar Hoover’s life, like the shooting of John Dillinger in front of the Biograph Theatre in Chicago and Hoover’s first arrest. Then there’s the documentary look: Hoover in the FBI building; that’s the real FBI building. Hoover in the apartment of his lifelong friend Lionel McCoy; that’s the real McCoy’s apartment.
Today everything is in the newspapers, everything is subject to scrutiny and criticism. You’ve got to remember that J.Edgar Hoover was in there for 48 years. That is an amazing amount of time for anybody to stay in power without any real challenge toward his job. If he hadn’t died at the age of 77, he probably would have lasted another two or three years. And as soon as he was gone, what happened? The administration collapsed completely. The attorney general was indicted, key members of the President’s staff were indicted, the President himself had to resign and narrowly escaped being prosecuted. The entire seat of government collapsed with J.Edgar Hoover’s death. So, for example, if he had been around, there probably wouldn’t have been any Watergate. The Private Files of J.Edgar Hoover is the one of my films that I’m most proud of. (Larry Cohen)

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