Millhouse: A White Comedy with The Checkers Speech
DIRECTOR: EMILE DE ANTONIO
THE CHECKERS SPEECH
1952 / 30 mins / 16mm
A biopic portrait of Richard Nixon as complicated, pathos-ridden, and ultimately absurd as the man himself, de Antonio’s found-footage comedy/picaresque follows Number 37 on his rise to power, both admiring the young Nixon’s poor boy’s ambition and drive and taking careful note of his boundless capacity for hypocrisy, resentment, and double-dealing. In making the film de Antonio worked tirelessly to excavate Nixon’s career-pivot “Checkers” speech, which will be screened in its entirety.
Print of Millhouse courtesy Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research
Millhouse: A White Comedy is screening as part of the series Emile de Antonio.