English Film Club: The Post
Another great movie of the English Film Club. A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher, Kay Graham, and a hard-driving editor Ben Bradley, to begin an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. In doing so, she decides not to respect a Federal restraining order and to fight for the Freedom of the Press. Meeting place is 18h00 Protected content The movie starts at 18h15, so don't be too late. ;) The ticket is 10CHF. The language is English.
THE POST Protected content
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring: Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks
This film is a historical political thriller about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk
their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring truth to light.
The facts of the story became world news. By the mid Protected content , most Americans were losing faith in the conclusion to three decades of conflict in Vietnam. While various Presidents told Americans that success was assured, the top-secret Pentagon Papers revealed that national policy was based on lies. Former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Papers to The New York Times, but publications was suppressed by court order. The rival Washington Post acquired a copy and had to decide whether to publish and risk the paper’s future, or not publish and lose the respect of its journalists.
The government documents in question, known as “the Pentagon Papers,” revealed that U.S. officials lied to the American people about aspects of the Vietnam War - including the fact that they knew the war couldn’t be won, but allowed it to continue anyway - as well as the fact that four U.S. presidents had covered it up. Graham and Bradlee risk imprisonment, after the attorney general accused the newspaper of violating the Espionage Act.
The movie is also a feminist one. Graham inherited the publisher role from her husband after he committed suicide. Consequently, she must prove to the newspaper’s all-male board that she is capable of making the right decision as the company is on the brink of going public.
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