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Otto Preminger expanded his vision in the 1960s with a whole series of ambitious, expansive dramas with huge casts and big themes.Advise and Consent, an examination of deal making, party politics, and congressional diplomacy in Washington's legislative halls (based on the novel by Allen Drury), is one of his best. Preminger broke the blacklist with his previous film,Exodus, and it rings through in this drama about a controversial nominee for secretary of state (a confident, stately Henry Fonda) accused of being a Communist. The nomination process becomes the center ring of the political circus, with fidgety accuser Burgess Meredith in the spotlight; devious, silver-tongued Charles Laughton cracking the whip as a southern senator with a grudge against Fonda; and party whip Walter Pidgeon lining up votes behind the scenes. Arm twisting and diplomatic hardball turns to perjury and blackmail, and a melodramatic twist gives this lesson in party politics a salacious soap opera dimension. Preminger's style has been hailed as "objective," but it's really a matter of attentiveness: he gives all the character their due and their say, eschewing heroes and villains for an exploration of people clashing over opposing goals. In fact, the weakest elements of the film are the unscrupulous populist senator played by George Grizzard and the badly dated caricatures that populate a notorious underground club. The video preserves the handsome widescreen black-and-white photography, keeping Preminger's careful and measured editing intact.--Sean Axmaker
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review by . June 21, 2008
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"Advice and Consent"    A Preminger Classic    Amos Lassen    It has been several years since I watched Otto Preminger's "Advice and Consent" and I had forgotten what a powerful movie it is--even now more than forty years after it was made. Based on Allen Drury's epic novel of wheeling and dealing in Washington D.C., it is a classic political thriller with an all-star cast and a very overt gay theme.   When John Kennedy was elected …
review by . September 13, 2006
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Pros: Sociologically interesting topic, decent acting      Cons: Plot cannot sustain more than 2 hours, very weak plot      The Bottom Line: If you have to see all of Laughton or Fonda pix, see it, otherwise avoid.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. I rented Otto Preminger’s Advise and Consent for sociological reasons more than anything else. For this reason only is the movie, clocking …
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