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Director Peter Landesman on Deep Throat and how film helps us understand history

Director Peter Landesman attends the 'Parkland' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at the Palazzo Del Cinema in this September 1, 2013 file photo taken in Venice, Italy. The journalist turned filmmaker spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen about his new film
Director Peter Landesman attends the 'Parkland' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at the Palazzo Del Cinema in this September 1, 2013 file photo taken in Venice, Italy. The journalist turned filmmaker spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen about his new film "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House" and why he felt it was so important to make a film about the man known as Deep Throat.
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Wiretapping a presidential campaign, a contentious relationship between the White House and the FBI, mysterious leaks to the media: all this might sound a lot like the headlines of 2017, but these were also the issues of the day in 1972.

Journalist-turned-filmmaker Peter Landesman had no way of knowing that back in 2005, when he first decided to make a movie about FBI special agent Mark Felt. The magazine Vanity Fair had just revealed Felt's identity as the whistleblower who had been known for decades only as "Deep Throat."

"The idea of a man alone, telling the truth, in the face of a headwind of political destruction, is obsessively interesting to me." — Peter Landesman

Production on Landesman's movie "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House" wrapped before the 2016 Republican National Convention. Landsman calls the resonance between current political events and what happened 45 years ago "supernatural." He spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen about what he hoped to achieve with the film and the cold comfort he takes from history repeating itself. 

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