DORY'S DIARY: A movie that keeps you up all night

By Dorothy Swart Fleshman February 24, 2014 07:43 am

Most of the time I live a rather sedate and uneventful life.

Once in a while I do something on the spur of the moment or a little out of the ordinary, maybe because of the Daphne in me.

It is ordinary to sit before my little gas stove as I eat my evening meal, but it often is boring now that I no longer have television, so I resort to watching a movie from my large collection.

It was just such an evening that I chose to watch one titled “Washington Behind Closed Doors,” supposedly two hours long as most of them are.

To my surprise, it turned out to take two six-hour tapes, beginning at 5:30 in the evening.

It denied being a story about real people or true events, but it was so well done that it made one wonder if it could actually happen.

There were a lot of characters and meshing of lives within the White House environs, so you had to pay attention to the private lives as well as the business lives of the government employees.

Because of this and sound problems of speakers, I had to listen intently to follow the story line.

When my meal was finished, the movie should have concluded, but it was just getting a good start, so I had to stay with it lest I lose my train of thought in the interim.

Around 11 p.m. I sensed a little sleepiness and found it necessary to back up the tape to see what I had missed. From then on, I was wide awake.

It was unbelievable that the clock was actually registering correctly at two in the morning.

I kept telling myself that I should turn off the set and get my rest, but I was afraid by another day I would have forgotten the interactions of the characters. I certainly didn’t want to start the movie over again another day.

By three o’clock in the morning I decided that there was no point in turning off the movie and I should just go ahead and see it through.

At 5:30 a.m., it came to its hoped-for conclusion, good over bad, and I went to bed, awaking rested at 8:30.

While a person would hope that all of our public officials are honest and work towards the betterment of our country and its people, the well-done movie pointed out what could go on if it weren’t for the honest laborers who point out the wrongdoers and put the controls to right.

But, what if they shouldn’t?

It gave cause for thought. Where do we go from here?

I lined up more movies to watch with the same type of theme — dishonesty in government. “All the President’s Men,” “The Washington Affair,” “The Candidate,” and “Kidnapping of the President.”  These were all good watching for we night-owls, but a little worrisome, too.

I had walked away from a minor employee infraction (not at the newspaper) recently and wonder now if I shouldn’t have. Did I give up too soon, hoping to make an impact the way I did it?

Was I too cowardly to fight the battle? Was I mistaken in the way I saw things? Did I just not want to get someone else in trouble with a higher authority?

Is this something we all face from day-to-day and wonder the same things?

What about the outcome of our decision-making? I’m afraid I worry about that.