Slashfilm is reporting that filming is underway for Steven Spielberg's latest, titled The Papers. Centering around the release of the Pentagon Papers to newspapers from military contractor Daniel Ellsberg, the film focuses around the fight that Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who will be played by Tom Hanks, and Washington Post publisher Kay Graham, who will be played by Meryl Streep, had with the Nixon Administration in order to release the papers to the public.
The story itself was a fascinating time in our history. The Pentagon Papers showed explicitly that the Johnson Administration had lied, and lied often, in regards to details surrounding the Vietnam War. At the time of their release, President Nixon could have easily let the papers hit the public. The papers could have been used to lambast Democrats at the time, allowing Nixon to score points with an electorate that wanted the long standing war to end. Yet he chose the other path. He fought their release at the urging of Henry Kissinger so that it didn't set a precedent of secrets being made public on a whim. (That sure went well.)
I've been fascinated with this era in history for as long as I can remember. Spielberg, when directing his historical films, shows constraint. With the subject matter involved, and with the news being what it is today, I'm sure there will be some shots thrown this movie's way about Hollywood liberals trying to force their message on people. Regardless, Spielberg is a master filmmaker. I can't wait to see what he's able to do with this movie. As the old saying goes, those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.
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