Edgar is a 2011 american biographical drama film directed, produced and scored by clint eastwood. As the face of law enforcement in america for almost fifty years. Nov 09, 2011 that humanization is at the center of the film, which, as the very title announces, is less the story of hoover, the public institution, than of j. Edgar hoover, who was head of the fbi from 19241972. Feb 14, 2012 the history of the fbis secret enemies list as j. Clint eastwoods biopic of j edgar hoover never gets to grips with the fbi founders sexuality, or his impact on american life, says peter bradshaw. Edgars realm is a mans world, but naomi watts as hoovers everfaithful secretary helen gandy manages to assert a certain amount of good feminine sense to the proceedings.
Edgar hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. Even in an age where there are no secrets and no heroes and, therefore, little left to shock us, the secret file on j. She exercised great behindthescenes influence on hoover and the workings of the bureau. Brown, this madeforcable biopic stars treat williams as the infamous director of the federal bureau of. It stars broderick crawford as hoover, alongside an ensemble cast including jose ferrer, michael parks, rip torn, james wainwright, celeste holm, ronee blakely, john marley, michael sacks, brad dexter, tanya roberts in a cameo role, and in final screen appearances. His love for acting started in high school but was solidified at usc where he earned a ba in theatre. The secret life of j edgar hoover film the guardian. Edgar hoover, starring broderick crawford in the titular role and surrounded by an impressive cast. A 2011 biopic of the first and most infamous director of the fbi, john edgar hoover, directed by clint eastwood and starring leonardo dicaprio. For 54 years, she was the secretary to federal bureau of investigation director j. The film opens with hoover leonardo dicaprio in his office during his later years. Edgar biopic all things considered host robert siegel offers some.
Oscars best picture winners best picture winners golden globes emmys san diego comiccon new york comic con sundance film festival toronto int. Jun 17, 2014 dylan baker set for j edgar hoover role in mlk pic selma. Edgar director clint eastwoods surehanded direction, screenwriter dustin lance blacks timeshifting storytelling and the stellar performances from leonardo dicaprio, armie hammer, judi dench and naomi watts make the j. Edgars curse a novel french editor gallimard 2005, isbn 2070773795. Edgar hoover was the nominal author of a number of books and articles, although it is widely believed that all of these were ghostwritten by fbi employees. John edgar hoover january 1, 1895 may 2, 1972 was an american politician. John edgar hoover january 23, 1895 may 2, 1972 was the founder of the u. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his. Dylan baker set for j edgar hoover role in mlk pic. Edgar 2011 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Edgar hoover had his staff compile his thoughts on communism into a book called on communism, it was 1966, and the cold war still still pretty hot, being fought in vietnam by gis, surrogates and spies elsewhere, and beginning to be so in a generational conflict at home. Edgar hoover a transformative historical figure in american society.
Federal bureau of investigation fbi in its present form and its director from may 10, 1924, until his death in 1972. Edgar hoover, in full john edgar hoover, born january 1, 1895, washington, d. The film stars leonardo dicaprio, armie hammer, naomi watts, josh lucas, and judi dench. Written by dustin lance black, the film focuses on the career of fbi director j. The head of the fbi for nearly 50 years, he was synonymous with law and order for millions of americans but was also a vindictive, destructive bully whose tactics were at times reminiscent of. He was chosen as director of the bureau of investigation because he helped start it. This is the second installment of our factcheck film series. Following hoover s death in 1972, she spent weeks destroying his personal file, thought to be. Edgar, eastwood provides us with an unreliable narrator as we find hoover dictating his life story to the first of an ongoing stream of typistsauthors.
Edgar hoover was the head of the bureau of investigation from 1924 until he died in 1972. The film s true heart is clyde, his longedfor lover. Edgar hoover, lhomme qui a fait du fbi ce quil est aujourdhui. Edgar hoover had rabid anticommunist and antisubversive views and used unconventional tactics to monitor related activity. Edgar hoover leonardo dicaprio was the head of the federal bureau of investigation for nearly fifty years. Mar 16, 2010 a theatrical trailer for writerdirector larry cohens 1977 bio pic the private files of j. Im just not sure even eastwood knows exactly what to think of hoover. Edgar hoover, the founding director of the fbi, comes down with a mild case of the same affliction that blighted the iron lady. His film and television career took off shortly thereafter with a breakout role in hbos hard hitting, topical. Hoover s first name was john, but many close to him, except his mother, called him johnny. Clint eastwood hat dieser pragenden personlichkeit nun mit j.
O filme foca na carreira do diretor federal do fbi j. As the face of law enforcement in america for almost 50 years, j. But were more than an hour in before this begins to emerge. With broderick crawford, james wainwright, michael parks, jose ferrer. The film follows hoover from his racketbusting days through his reign.
Edgar hoover on this weeks edition of the pbs documentary series. Gandy april 8, 1897 july 7, 1988 was an american civil servant. Echelon, le pouvoir secret le film documentaire duration. A 1957 meeting forced the fbi to recognize the mafiaand changed the justice system forever fbi director j. He made the fbi one of the most proficient crime investigation units on earth, completely overhauling their training system, and updating their crime unit techniques, including an expansion of fingerprinting and indexing. A lot of familiar players dot the cast of the private files of j. He was a writer, known for the next of kin 1942, walk east on beacon. Hoover was appointed the first director of the fbi by president calvin coolidge. Sep 19, 2011 as the face of law enforcement in america for almost 50 years, j.
V roce 2011 reziser clint eastwood natocil zivotopisny snimek j. Hoover a fonde lorganisation en 1935 et en est reste le directeur jusqua sa mort en 1972. Als clint eastwood beschloss, einen film zu drehen uber j. He was the director until his death in 1972 at age 77. He was the first director of the federal bureau of investigation fbi of the united states. Edgar hoover s story seems superficial, and lacking meat on its bones. Edgar hoover, was the first director of the federal bureau of investigation fbi of the united states. Tolson apparently could smooth a lot of hoover s rough edges out and on at least one occasion the film shows tolson saving the publicity minded hoover from a real public relations disaster. Unlike john waters, director clint eastwood doesnt have a sense of humor that would allow him to title his latest motion picture, johnny and clyde. He slowly builds the agencys reputation, becoming the sole arbiter of who gets hired and fired. Clyde anderson tolson may 22, 1900 april 14, 1975 was the secondranking official of the fbi from 1930 until 1972, from 1947 titled associate director, primarily responsible for personnel and discipline. Now, shes written and selfpublished a book on the subject. Edgar hoover era at the federal bureau of investigation ended with the directors death on may 2, 1972.
Edgar hoover is a 1987 madefortelevision biopic starring treat williams as the eponymous j. You should be especially concerned about the veracity of information generated in the toxic antidemocratic culture maintained under the authoritarian leadership of fbi director j. Though never elected to any office, for nearly 50 years j. She ages along with the rest of em, but as so often happens with actresses who age over the course of a film, the years are much kinder to her. My selfmotivation, hard work and dedication all contribute to the continuing success of my employer. A 1957 meeting forced the fbi to recognize the mafiaand. Hoovers first name was john, but many close to him, except his mother, called him johnny. The publics opinion of detectives was ready for change. As head of the fbi, he knew what everyone else wanted to. Early in his career, hoover fixated on communists, anarchists, and any other revolutionary taking action against the u. Based on the book my 30 years in hoover s fbi by william g. Oscars best picture winners best picture winners golden globes emmys san diego comiccon new york comiccon sundance film festival toronto intl film festival awards central festival. During his tenure, hoover attained extraordinary power and unusual discretionary authority, while also feuding with.
Edgar hoover s premovie promotion reel about gmen and the fbi draws impatient boos. Roku 1977 reziser larry cohen natocil film the private files of j. The fbi and the origins of hollywoods cold war sbardellati, john on. Edgar hoover was the longtime manager of the fbi 1924 1972 and spent much of his livelihood collecting intelligence on extreme groups and people and subversives, martin luther king jr. Now he has been dead for 39 years, and what most people probably think they know. Hoover is assassinating mlks character from the grave. Edgar hoover so if youre a stargazer youll like the film.
Edgar hoover leonardo dicaprio told by hoover as he recalls his career for a biography. The film follows hoover from his racketbusting days through his reign under eight u. Edgar hoover became head of the bureau of investigation in 1924, he laid the groundwork for a strategy that would make the fbi one of the most prestigious police organizations in the world. Edgar hoover, the longserving 1924 1972 director of the federal bureau of investigation. Hoover was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. Under the administrations of coolidge, hoover, roosevelt, truman, eisenhower, kennedy, johnson and nixon, he was, many believed, the second most powerful man in government. While the movie raises questions about hoover s sexuality that it doesnt answer, theres no actual sex in it though one scene features apparent recorded noises of an amorous couple. That has more to do with its form a theatrical film only two hours and 17 minutes long relative to the length of the biography at its core. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of.
Edgar, a 1930 movie theater audience makes its preference clear. Appointed director of the bureau of investigationpredecessor to the fbiin 1924, he was instrumental in founding the fbi in 1935, where he remained director until. Bachelor of science in business management and finance from j. Jan 19, 2012 clint eastwoods biopic of j edgar hoover never gets to grips with the fbi founders sexuality, or his impact on american life, says peter bradshaw.
Im still a bit apprehensive about the film given eastwoods less than stellar resume from the past few years, but i like what im seeing here. Edgar hoovers premovie promotion reel about gmen and the fbi draws impatient boos. Edgar hoover is a 1977 american biographical drama film written, produced, and directed by larry cohen. Edgar hoover became increasingly worried about communist threats against america, he instructed the bureau to conduct secret intelligence. The story chronicles the mysterious murders of osage nation citizens, who in 1920s oklahoma became the center of a major f. Edgar hoover simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. He was the first director of the federal bureau of investigation of the united states. The first director of the fbi, he remained in office for 48 years, from his appointment after the first world war to his death in 1972, achieving fame and. J edgar hoover was one of the most important, and strangest, public figures of the 20th century. But as curt gentry learned when he was researching his new biography, j. Edgar hoovers america, university press of mississippi, 2003.1537 1061 907 846 831 66 191 1343 624 726 475 1558 293 183 885 787 279 1093 1392 1077 773 1472 111 1266 1148 1507 548 621 1197 906 153 855 402 1174 549 588 146 1498 548 929