Watch Streep, Hanks And Spielberg Discuss Political Drama “The Post”
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg discuss the impact and continuing relevance of new movie, The Post. Steven Spielberg’s movie The Post is being hailed as a timely reminder about press freedom, democracy, whistle-blowing and government lies. But its makers say it is also intended as an ode to feminism that resonates as powerfully today as the 1970s era in which it is set.
The movie, which has already garnered a string of award nominations, dramatizes the 1971 battle by U.S. newspapers, led by The New York Times, to publish the leaked Pentagon Papers.
The documents showed that successive administrations had secretly enlarged the scope of American military action in Vietnam even as U.S. leaders became convinced the war was unwinnable. Among those in the forefront of that battle was Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, played by Meryl Streep, who despite being in her mid-50s at the time, was struggling to establish herself in a man’s world.
It was Graham who had to give the go-ahead to editor Ben Bradlee (played by Tom Hanks) to defy an injunction by the Nixon White House and risk imprisonment by publishing the Pentagon Papers. The Post hits theatres in limited release on December 25 before rolling out nationwide in January.