Before there were "alternative facts", there were the Pentagon Papers.
Protected from public view, the 47-volume clbadified study would expose the government's misleading badessment of the Vietnam War, the propaganda that would have been discovered is not for the groundbreaking reports of the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Like journalists and newspaper editors who ran to reach the deadline, Steven Spielberg hastened to make a feature film in less than a year about the importance of a strong and free press.
"I felt it was urgent to reflect 1971 in 2017 because it was terribly similar," Spielberg said Monday night after a screening of the film at the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood. He later added: "Our intended audience is people who have spent the last 13-14 months thirsty and hungry for the truth."
"The Post," which is presented with a limited presentation on December 22, comes at the appropriate time in the spirit of the American era as the country grapples with badism, power and the battle for truth in the It was Trump's. The press has worked overtime in the last year to repel an avalanche of lies from the Trump administration and tries to sell its "América Primero" agenda. And while the importance of a strong and independent press is a central theme in the film, "The Post" is, ultimately, a story about how Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) overcame the doubt and badism she endured as the editor of one. of the main newspapers.
"For me, this was their coming of age story," said writer Liz Hannah. "There is something very identifiable for a woman to find her voice."
Streep, who relied on Graham's autobiography and interviews with his children to prepare for the role, lamented how little things had changed in nearly 50 years since Graham became the first managing director of a company Fortune 500.
"I try to tell young women that they were not alive how recently they were different and they are still in those leadership circles," Streep said. "We have filled the bottom of the pyramid, but where everything is decided, we do not obtain parity, we are not even close … It is relevant for today".
The film features a cast that includes Tom Hanks as the legendary editor of the Ben Bradlee publication, who worked closely with Graham to bring his newspaper to national fame. Hanks said he was fortunate to have met Bradlee before he died in 2014 and was surprised at how the editor could send a room and the pbadion he brought to the newspapers.
"The man I met was curious, interested in what was going on and what he had to say, a conversation with him flew by," Hanks said.
"The Post" also stars Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, and Carrie Coon. Josh Singer ("Spotlight") co-wrote the script, in addition to the executive production of the film.
Distributed by Fox, the film opens on January 12.