FILM: THE POST – STUDY NOTES
|Characters:||Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee|
|Based on:||The Washington Post and the paper’s efforts to publish the classified documents called the Pentagon Papers about the US government involvement in the Vietnam War (1955-1975).|
About the film
Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.