Reel Alternatives?special weekly schedule continues with Frost/Nixon at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 30 at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre.
With Frost/Nixon, director Ron Howard brings to the screen Peter Morgan's play about the electrifying battle between disgraced president Richard Nixon and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, and their historic encounter that changed the relationship of politics and journalism forever.
Reprising their roles from the play are Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon in the stage production and was nominated for an Oscar for the film role, and Michael Sheen, who fully inhabited the part of Frost on stage both in London and New York.
After being forced from office, Nixon remained silent for three years. But in the summer of 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency.
Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans.
Likewise, Frost's team harboured doubts about their boss's ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity ?ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.
Frost/Nixon not only recreates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes manoeuvring between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed, all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.
Joining Langella and Sheen as the colourful, real-life personalities who provide the men counsel is a formidable roster of actors including Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Toby James and Matthew Macfadyen.
Frost/Nixon is sponsored by Dr. Anissa Boosamra of Able Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Centre. Advance tickets are $7 at Muskoka Country Furniture and Gifts on Main Street, or $8 at the door.