Former Post publisher, subject of new movie, 'knew Fargo'

Former Post publisher, subject of new movie, 'knew Fargo'

Former Post publisher, subject of new movie, 'knew Fargo'

That's right. It is melodramatic and sentimental and sometimes downright corny.

And just as Phil Alden Robinson turned a baseball diamond in Iowa into something of a shrine in "Field of Dreams", Spielberg shoots the Washington Post newsroom and the printing presses of the early 1970s with romanticized accuracy. Not only does Steven Spielberg's crisp retelling of the Pentagon Papers story call attention to journalism's highest calling, but Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham's heroic stand - having been thrust into that position - is a stirring portrait of courage during feminism's pre-Roe v. Wade era. Their impact, not only on how the war was perceived but in how the press was regarded, is the story of Steven Spielberg's latest film, "The Post".

I'm talking about Nixon. "Yeah, I know it's the year of the woman and everything, but oh my god". Great actors in the lead roles; great actors in supporting roles of various sizes; and a rich, generous screenplay that hands out whip-smart one-liners and keen observations to just about everyone in the room.

THE POST is one of the best films of the past year, an essential must-see, and a worthy companion piece to ALL THE KINGS MEN on the free press, but this gripping thriller has as much to say about present days as the historical moment in which it is set.

Losing out to the Times enrages Post editor Ben Bradlee (a very good Hanks) who's determined to play catch up. Both Graham, born to privilege, and Bradlee, making his way there, are complicit in this.

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First up, on The Ellen Show, the comedian and talk show host had Meryl Streep and her first-time co-star Tom Hanks portray some of the most iconic roles that each other is known for.

Graham inherited the Post, which her wealthy father had bought in the 1930s and passed to her husband Philip, after Philip's death by suicide in 1963.

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Matthew plays Daniel Ellsberg, who famously made several sets of photocopies of the Pentagon Papers.

Bradlee is beside himself. Outraged by this, President Nixon orders government attorneys to file a suit forcing the paper to stop publishing the papers in the interest of national security.

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And while there is an interesting tick tock of will-they-won't-they publish the papers that propels the film forward, at the heart of the story is Graham, an obviously smart and capable woman who is full of doubt, and is doubted by almost everyone around her.

But when Bradlee gets a little too comfortable on his high horse, Mrs.

"When you're told time and time again that you're not good enough, that your opinion doesn't matter as much, when they don't just look past you, when to them you're not even there, when that's been your reality for so long, it's hard not to let yourself think it's actually true". "Tom steps outside of anything we've seen before". He's admirable, all right, but he's a sharp and nearly slick operator who isn't interested in making friends on his way to burnishing his legacy.

But the standout is Bob Odenkirk as Ben Bagdikian, the kind of old-school reporter who wears out the soles of his shoes tracking down a scoop. Streep kicked it off with Forrest Gump, and her rendition of "life is like a box of chocolates" was too amusing.

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