The historical drama depicts Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham’s fight to release the Pentagon Papers.
With all the buzz around Steven Spielberg’s high-budget, glossy adaptation of Ready Player One (which is slated to come out this spring), there’s been little left to go around for his all-star ensemble historical drama The Post (which hits theaters December 22). But as the newly released trailer reveals, it’s The Post that could make the most cultural impact at a moment when the press is facing an unusual amount of pressure.
The film is a newspaper drama that chronicles the Washington Post’s 1971 effort to publish the incendiary Pentagon Papers over the objections of the US government. It seems to have grown out of 2015 Best Picture winner Spotlight‘s boost of procedural tales about investigative journalism done right, despite great odds — while also drawing on the recent popularity of stories about women overcoming historical workplace sexism. This time, it’s the story of one of the most powerful women in publishing history.
The true story behind the movie — involving government cover-ups and institutional sexism — should make for heady drama
The notorious documents that became known as the Pentagon Papers were a massive trove of leaked government communiqués that painted a deeply embarrassing picture of decades of US military meddling in Vietnam. The documents notably embroiled the New York Times and the Washington Post in a crucial standoff against the government; after the Nixon administration successfully filed an injunction against the Times, forcing the paper to stop publishing the reports, the Post had to grapple with the question of whether to continue publishing the Pentagon Papers where the Times had left off — potentially jeopardizing its future.
The drama over the Pentagon Papers at the Post was exacerbated by the then-recent ascension to publisher of Read More Here