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(241) 5.9 97 min 2019

Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer is a movie starring Carl Bernstein, Tony Brenna, and Maggie Haberman. 'Scandalous' is the sensational true story of The National Enquirer, the infamous tabloid with a prescient...

Starring
Carl Bernstein, Tony Brenna, Generoso Pope Jr., Maggie Haberman
Genres
Documentary
Director
Mark Landsman

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Documentary
Director Mark Landsman
Stars Carl Bernstein, Tony Brenna, Generoso Pope Jr., Maggie Haberman
Country USA
Also Known As Skandalozno: Neispričana priča Nacionalnog Enquirer-a, Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer
Runtime 1H 37M
Description 'Scandalous' is the sensational true story of The National Enquirer, the infamous tabloid with a prescient grasp of its readers' darkest curiosities.

Top reviews

Wednesday, 08 Jul 2020 05:54

This documentary features clips of news stories about the National Enquirer, an all-purpose tabloid magazine. They include news of the death of a prominent political figure, the assassination of JFK, the first-ever death of a child in a news story, and a visit to the World Trade Center with a young girl. This film was made in collaboration with the National Enquirer. I found this to be a fascinating look at the newspaper's story telling and storytelling. The interviews are conducted by Dr. Paul DeJong, an author and journalist who has written several books about the National Enquirer. This film focuses primarily on the early days of the magazine and the transition of the company from a smaller, lower-brow tabloid to a tabloid empire. This documentary features interviews from William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, Fred Friendly, William Randolph Hearst, Richard Scheibe, and Peter Kaplan, a journalist who worked for the National Enquirer. These interviews are fascinating and have a lot of insight into the workings of the National Enquirer. This documentary also features excerpts from the book The Secret Life of Enquirer, a biography of Hearst, and the film "The People Who Killed Kennedy" which was a biopic of John Connally. The documentary also features a lot of interview with the current editor of the National Enquirer, Paul Crupi. I recommend this documentary as it covers the evolution of the magazine and the various scandals and news stories it has covered. I also recommend this documentary for anyone who likes to learn about the world of journalism and news.
Wednesday, 17 Jun 2020 21:01

In 1995, the National Enquirer published the famous "Body of Lies," a story that alleged that singer Nancy Sinatra's private life had been brutalized by a secret gay lover. The report, which was based on a well-known case file, quickly became a major scandal for the tabloids and a huge ratings bonanza for the cable TV networks. The story of Nancy Sinatra's years-long secret affair with a drugged-up gay man was paraded in front of the nation in front of the cameras and its contents were disseminated throughout the nation. The stories spread like wildfire, and the myth of Sinatra's homosexual life became a kind of spiritual force in the public psyche. If the public could believe the story, there was a kind of justification for not having sex with someone and therefore living a celibate life. The biographical piece by Michael Moore is quite effective in outlining the story and then demolishing the myth of Nancy Sinatra's gay life. Moore has an obvious knack for creating highly provocative documentary style films, but his approach here is somewhat unorthodox, mainly because he keeps the film under the guise of a feature-length documentary. There are no interviews with Sinatra, and Moore does not explain his premise or why he decided to focus on the singer's private life instead of the celebrity gossip columns that the Enquirer was popular in. The biographical piece is not totally successful, but the film is interesting, and Moore does a great job of debunking the myths about Nancy Sinatra's private life.
Sunday, 31 May 2020 14:55

Being a big fan of ABC Family's "Young and the Restless," I went to this movie thinking I would get a look into the life of a serial tabloid reporter. I ended up having more fun watching the behind-the-scenes look into the life of the Enquirer than I did reading the paper. The reality was much more interesting than the life of a tabloid reporter. I never thought I would have a chance to see how the Enquirer gets its information, but it was fascinating to see how they used their own sources to spread their venom. The story about the death of Vicki Swallow was pretty much in line with the Enquirer's press releases. The tabloid, as I learned, has a big history of death and destruction. They never mention their past, but it does not seem to have anything to do with their current activities. The movie does show that they are very competitive and will go to any length to be the first to get a story, and they may go after the most hated person in town, as was the case in this case. The movie does not have a whole lot of the "snarky" banter from the Enquirer, but it does have a few. The first interview was with a person who worked for the newspaper when it was very popular. He told them how much they were paid and how many people they had killed. Then, they had an interview with the current editor of the newspaper who explained how he got his job and what made him want to be there. The interview was pretty much in line with what the Enquirer has been doing for years, though it was a little less interesting than the rest of the film. The film did a good job at explaining how the tabloid works. There were some scenes that were a little slow to explain the tabloid's agenda and how it is different from other papers. But it does explain a lot of the gossip and drama of the tabloid. One of the best scenes was the scene with the editor of the newspaper when they tried to explain how they got the stories. He had a history of being on the Enquirer and explaining the stories to his employees. He ended up explaining the story to the director of the film who explained that the Enquirer is trying to reach the audience that would not have read the newspaper. The rest of the interviews were very interesting, especially with some of the people who worked with the tabloid. The interview with the director of the documentary showed that the newspaper has changed over the years, but they have always had the same agenda. The interviews with the reporter, a real estate agent, and the tabloid's editor also did a great job at explaining the tabloid's history. All in all, the documentary was very interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Enquirer or anyone who likes a little bit of history.
Sunday, 19 Apr 2020 19:40

This is not a documentary, as the title suggests, and it's not a look into the Enquirer itself, either. It's more of a look at the rise and fall of the tabloid tabloid. The documentary is on the quality of the print version of the Enquirer, but you could do worse if you wanted to watch a documentary about a tabloid newspaper. This is a look at the women who ran the Enquirer from 1969 to 1999, and how they were successful. There are a lot of interviews, but the interviews are only briefly mentioned, and they're only interesting when the women talk about how they met, how they became employees, and how they became the business. I'm not a big fan of tabloid newspapers. I find it hard to relate to them. I'm not a fan of tabloid newspapers at all. However, I found this documentary interesting because it's a look at the people who ran the tabloid newspaper. They tell their stories, and you can tell that they've had some tough times. And when they talk about how they're getting more publicity, you can tell that they're feeling the pressure. They're scared. It's kind of depressing, because it makes you think, "Why would anybody want to go on this journey? What's the point?" This is one of those documentaries where it's more interesting to listen to the interviewees, and hear what they have to say. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who's not a fan of tabloid newspapers. There's no real story, and it's not that entertaining. It's not that bad, but it's not good.


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