Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover (2009)


“It was a time of prosperity and hope. A time of promise and expectation. When the robust Presidential candidacy of Herbert Hoover began in 1928, America was riding waves of optimism and opportunity. The Republican Party even promoted the bold notion of eliminating poverty during the tenure of a Hoover Presidency. ” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the successes and failures of the Presidency of Herbert Hoover between 1928 and 1932.

My Take on it – As a fan of US History and especially of the History and biographies of the Presidents of the US, I was actually quite excited to watch this film since I didn’t know very much about Herbert Hoover.

This film was such an eye opener about his life, public service and his Presidency.

The best part about a film like this is that it is able to give us a longer perspective on events since they happened nearly a century ago and can be now seen in a better way than at the time because we can see the long term impact of these events.

This film explains in a great way how a man like Herbert Hoover who never held an elected office came to be the President of the US after being sought after for such a role for nearly a decade.

Looking at his legacy, many believe much of his actions were his failures, but we can now see that much of what happened was due to the circumstance sof time than to the wrong decisions of a President.

This doesn’t absolve him of any mistakes, but things aren’t all his fault as many truly believe.

This film gives us the scope of all of his actions both prior to and following his single term in office and that is truly where his legacy lies since he was such an established statesman and humanitarian who devoted so much of his life to serving the people.

Bottom Line – Great film that is able to look back upon things that occurred nearly a Century ago and give us a longer perspective on the impact of things.  They explain how a man like Hoover who never held an elected office in his life came to become President after being sought after for the role for nearly a decade. Parts of his legacy are deemed as failures due to circumstances of time and not his actions, but in other cases, he too is to blame. His abilities as a statesman and as a humanitarian helped form a true legacy for him both prior to and following his one term in office. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Hoover had been little known among the American public before 1914, but his service in the Wilson administration established him as a contender in the 1920 presidential election. Hoover’s wartime push for higher taxes, criticism of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer’s actions during the First Red Scare, and his advocacy for measures such as the minimum wage, forty-eight-hour workweek, and elimination of child labor made him appealing to progressives of both parties. Despite his service in the Democratic administration of Woodrow Wilson, Hoover had never been closely affiliated with either the Democrats or the Republicans. He initially sought to avoid committing to any party in the 1920 election, hoping that either of the two major parties would draft him for president at their respective national convention. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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