Director – Steven Spielberg

Flick in a Limerick

The first female in charge of a major newspaper publishment

Receives some daunting information about the United States government

The media staff disagree

Whether or not they should let this story be

Or face legal action for reporting the discoverment

Role Play

(Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, Zach Woods, Bradley Whitford, Tracy Letts, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Cross Sarah Paulson)

Nose Candy

“When did we start reading the news instead of reporting it?”

“They knew we couldn’t win and they sent our men out there to die”

“To risk the company she worked for her entire life. That’s brave ”

“My decision stands and I am going to bed”

“The press was to serve the governed, not the governors”

Style Points

  • 70’s era style
  • Protesting scene
  • Phone conversation between Graham and her staff on whether or not they should publish
  • Graham speaking to her daughter in bedroom scene
  • Typewriter printing mechanics shot
  • Dark vibe courtroom setting

Money Shot

The Government take the Washington Post to the Supreme Court for publishing the story. As the staff awaits the verdict the law ruled in their favor stating they had every right to release the information as the entire newsroom is overjoyed.

Final Touch

The Post is a very timely film considering all of the tension between the current president and the media. Also considering there is a theme of a female trying to overcome in the work place at a then time male dominated industry. The cinematography is excellent with good use of one takes, camera tilts and pans. Spielberg really shows off here it is like watching a master at work. The two main co-stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are incredible. This picture also serves as a history lesson and sets up the events of “Watergate” at the end. I would recommend this film to any member of the media as it is an inspiring tale of how reporters should follow their heart when it comes to publishing information. The media has a right and a responsibility to deliver the facts as their aim should be to serve the people not the powers that be.

-Caleb Harris

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