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By Peter Tonguette F ifty years ago, the Watergate scan- d a l g r i p p e d A m e r i c a n s o f e v e r y political stripe, assured the fame of the Washington Post reporters Bob Wood- ward and Carl Bernstein, and culminated with the demise of the presidency of Rich- ard M. Nixon. Picture editors Lauren Connelly, ACE, Joe Leonard, ACE, and Franklin Peterson have helped recreate that turbulent mo- ment in American history with the new HIGH TIDE: Julia Roberts in "Gaslit." P H O T O : S TA R Z limited series "Gaslit," which uncovers the backstories of many seemingly tangen- tial figures who were part of, or became wrapped up in, Watergate — including Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts), the spouse of Attorney General John N. Mitchell (Sean Penn); White House Counsel John Dean (Dan Stevens); and White House operative G. Gordon Liddy (Shea Whigham) — whose stories are as compelling as that of the president the scandal felled. The eight-part series, created by Robbie Pickering and based on the first season of the Slate pod- cast "Slow Burn," debuted on Starz earlier this year. Five decades ago, however, editors Connelly, Leonard, and Peterson weren't watching the Watergate hearings on televi- sion. In fact, they weren't even born. "The only thing I knew about Watergate was [Woodward and Bernstein's book] 'All the President's Men,' and my dad met John HOW THE EDITING TEAM RESURRECTED WATERGATE IN 'GASLIT' HIGH CRIMES 34 C I N E M O N T A G E C O V E R S T O R Y

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