J. Edgar – review

Warner Brothers helped create the heroic myth of the FBI and its founder, J Edgar Hoover, in the 1930s when the studio was persuaded to balance its gangster movies with pictures that made heroes of FBI agents battling the underworld, Nazi agents and communist subversives. The keystone of the edifice came in 1959 when James Stewart starred in The FBI Story, which depicted the bureau as the embodiment of Americanism. Warners gave and Warners taketh away, and since Hoover's death in 1972, which occurred a month before the Watergate break-in, the studio has contributed to the dismantling of Hoover and everything he stood for, starting with All the President's Men and culminating in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar.

In Scorsese's The Aviator, Leonardo DiCaprio created a flattering portrait of another American hero, Howard Hughes. In J. Edgar, he portrays Hoover as a deranged control freak, raised by an overbearing mother to have an inflated sense of destiny.
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