Archive of films Advise & Consent / Advise & Consent
1962, 139 min
Section: Tribute to Otto Preminger
A fundamental film on the American political system, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, takes a fascinating plunge into the world of intrigue and manipulation within the United States Senate. Will Secretary of State nominee Mr. Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) be confirmed over the calculated objections of Southern Senator Cooley (Charles Laughton) and his gang?
Preminger’s adaptation of the bestseller that won Allen Drury the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for fiction proved to be last century’s most remarkable film about American politics. The American president is convinced that Robert Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) is the best candidate possible to fill the suddenly vacated post of Secretary of State. The confirmation process by the Senate is no mere formality; a subcommittee appointed to evaluate the nominee discovers the dark side of Leffingwell’s past: ties to the Communist Party. The subsequent investigation and the attendant motives mustered from outside the capital represent the best of Preminger’s trademark directorial style. His examination of the procedures of fundamental American institutions, at first glance starkly analytical and surgically precise, offers up a fascinating group character study of senators for whom manipulation and intrigue are their stock in trade. The Senate chamber through the eyes of close cooperator Sam Leavitt – who uses long uninterrupted tracking shots to coolly yet intently focus on the action – naturally conforms to the parameters of a theater stage, while acting icons Charles Laughton and Walter Pidgeon turn in the requisite “histrionic” performances as a pair of worldly-wise politicians.
About the film
Black & white, 35 mm
|Section:||Tribute to Otto Preminger|
|Screenplay:||Wendell Mayes podle románu / based on the novel by Allen Drury|
|Dir. of Photography:||Sam Leavitt|
|Editor:||Louis R. Loeffler|
|Art Director:||Lyle Wheeler, Eli Benneche|
|Production:||Sigma Productions, Alpha Alpina|
|Cast:||Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford|
|Contact:||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive|