Film Press Silencing the 70s Era Relevant in the Trump Period

The Post is an American historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg from the play scripts made by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. The film is scheduled for limited release in the United States on December 22, 2017, before airing in all theaters outside the US on January 12, 2018.

Set in the world of journalism, the film that unites Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks for the first time was praised by several critics.

The Post received very positive reviews, with special praise for the acting of Streep, Hanks and Odenkirk and critics who noted the film’s comparison of press freedom policies during Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. In addition, this film was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2017.

“If I can’t do it this year, I don’t make it,” Spielberg said, as reported by Independent. The story of the film takes place in the early 1970s, which portrays journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who publish news coverage on classified documents from the “Pentagon Papers” about the involvement of the United States government during the Vietnam War.

Tom Hanks (Ben Bradlee), editor of the Washington Post who is known to like challenges but does not like crap clash with Meryl Streep (Kay Graham), a smart but self-doubting newspaper publisher. Both were involved in making the decision to release a report on the Pentagon Papers containing state secrets about the Vietnam War for three decades in President Richard Nixon and the previous period. The US federal judge even tried to block the New York Times’ attempt to publish the text of the news.

The story of the silenced journalistic work is still relevant to be reappointed, once revealed by the Post’s story writer, Liz Hannah.

The context of the matter about the silencing of the press is relevant given that during the administration of US President Donald Trump also faced the same challenge. Trump had threatened to revoke the broadcast licenses of several media that were at odds with him, including NBC, which had even catapulted his name through The Apprentice.

This similarity helped Hannah’s manuscript be sold and even directed by Steven Spielberg and starring veteran actors and actresses such as Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

Hannah, who wrote the screenplay for the first time, did not know that her work would become a film script that originally wrote about Kay Graham’s memoir, the winner of the Pulitzer, titled Personal History, last year.

Hannah’s colleague wrote The Postscript, Josh Singer, who only joined before filming the film, had written a series of scripts including The West Wing and the script of the biography of Julian Assange’s The Fifth Estate. The script of the Spotlight film, Singer’s second work that earned him the Oscar award in 2016. “The role of the publisher is very complicated because you shouldn’t force your will if you’re great. However, you need to stand behind your reporter,” Singer said.