Friday, June 12, 2015

Secret Honor

In his personal office post-presidency, a paranoid, acrid, resentful, and sullen Richard Nixon (Phillip Baker Hall) bitterly recalls his life and political career to a tape recorder, drink in hand and armed with a revolver. Robert Altman's filmization of Arnold Stone and Donald Freed's one man play (which they both adapted for the screen) is a departure from the director's usual work, though no less masterful, featuring a tour-de-force performance from Hall.
*** 1/2 out of ****