The Post : a fight for press freedom

The Post : a fight for press freedom


The Post is directed by Steven Spielberg who chose Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to play the main characters of the film. The plot is inspired by a real fact of the same name. At the beginning of the 70s, American’s journalism has lived one of the first scoop of its entire history : the Pentagon Papers which designated a document on America & Vietnam relations from 1945 to 1967. This document was very important because it reveals the double speech of American Administration on Vietnam War. The New York Times was the first one who wanted to publish it but finally, it was the Washington Post who took the responsibility to publish the entire secret document.

As some of you know, I studied journalism for three years and I think this movie is a good representation of medias everyday life. At least, how it works & what the impact of each information have. In my opinion, this is an interesting point that Liz Hannah & Josh Singer (the scenarists) have developed. The only thing which I didn’t like is that the film was spotting on Katherine Graham (portrayed by Meryl Streep) who was the director of the Washington Post.

Except the great symbol of the fight for press freedom which is really important because each citizen has the right to know and understand what is happening in his own country, I learnt by reading some excerpts of Katherine Graham’s biography, that she was one of the firsts American Women who directed a company. We totally understand this at the end of film, when all press groups won the trial. Medias are only filming and interviewing men’s newspaper directer while Katherine Graham prefers to stay discreet and walks out aside men reporters. At this moment, a group of women are gathering around her. In my opinion, this is a strong message for women but also for smart shy people. It is not because you are in the spotlight that you deserve it. Thanks to the story, the film was good but I didn’t like the aesthetic which is essential to totally appreciate a movie.

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