I had the great pleasure of watching a screening of Frost-Nixon, a movie that Ron Howard is in the process of making. The movie, which is an adaptation of the play with the same title, is terrific. Frost’s story is incredibly engaging and Nixon is a fascinating character.
Ron Howard was impressive. He fielded a dozen questions from the audience, filling us in on historical accuracy of the film, how he adapted a play for the big screen and the political implications of the film. For example, he fought for and won the battle to have the stage actors play their own roles in the film. He asked us several questions about some final editing decisions (did we understand where Frost was coming from? did the ending work? did we like the choice of music in one scene? did we like the epilogue information at the end? Answers: yes, yes, 50/50 and yes with qualifications and suggestions.)
I recommend that you see it when it is released later this year. And I can’t wait to see if Ron Howard follows any of the advice that I and others in the audience gave him about the epilogue text!