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President Nixon Film Screening: The Movement and the "Madman"

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Join us at our beautiful waterfront headquarters to celebrate the 50th anniversary of August 8, 1974, the day President Richard Nixon resigned, and to remember an era in which there were still stark limits to what presidents could do and keep a straight face.

Stephen Talbot will screen his film, The Movement and the "Madman", which debuted in 2023 on the PBS series "American Experience." Talbot’s 82-minute film tells the story of how two major anti-Vietnam War protests in the fall of 1969 pressured President Nixon to cancel what he privately called his "madman" plans for a major escalation of the war, including the possibility of his threatening to use nuclear weapons.

After Talbot’s film is screened, he will answer questions about both the history of that time and his artistry making documentary films. Those who took part in the 1969 protests in the Bay Area are especially welcome to join the discussion, which will also include Talbot’s perspective on the relevance of Nixon’s resignation to our current international political situations―where threatening to use nuclear weapons no longer seems to cause irreparable shame and dishonor.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

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Mon, Jul 29 / 5:30 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Stephen Talbot

Producer and Director, The Movement and the "Madman"

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In Conversation with George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–7:15 p.m screening and 20-minute Q&A
(all times Pacific Time)


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