The Post
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A cover-up that spanned four U.S.Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.
Inspired by true events.
Starring Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep.

Nominated for 2 Academy Awards (Best Motion Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role – Meryl Streep)
6 Nominations for Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Original Score (John Wiliams).

USA, 2018

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Review by Mark Brennand of Light House Film Club
Some twelve months ago, troubled by the accusations of fake news emanating from the Trump White House, Stephen Spielberg decided to make a film about the attempts of a previous administration to shut down the press. The result is The Post, a factual account of President Nixon’s efforts to prevent the press from disclosing embarrassing details of US progress in the Vietnam war.
Starring Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the diffident owner of the Washington Post and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) her far more bellicose editor, it concentrates on the leak of a set of documents which became known as the Pentagon Papers. In marked contrast to what the government was telling the public these clearly depicted a narrative in which America was losing the war.
Against this espionage backdrop Spielberg adds drama by telling the story in tandem with Katherine Graham’s decision to float The Post on the stock exchange. As the government seeks an injunction to prevent publication Bradlee says “Someone needs to hold this lot to account”. But if they publish and the court upholds the injunction he and Graham face jail and The Post could be ruined. It is on this dilemma that the story rests and Spielberg tells it well. Moreover Streep is excellent as a woman in a man’s world trying to gain respect. An understated comment, perhaps, on today’s mores.
Rating: 4/5
©Mark Brennand

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