Updated: Jul 14
Steven Spielberg on Journalism
This film tells us what filmmaking can precisely reflect the social consciousness on the most politically important issue of the nation of today. It is a typical example of realist moviemaking.
Although this film was taken place in Nixon ear during failed Vietnam war in early 1970s, this is for this Trump era. Trump is also dictating and clashing freedom of expression in media and individuals like Shinzo Abe's regime does to its domestic media.
Steven Spielberg is the legendary master of filmmaking and socially responsible to defend the democracy of United States of America in filmmaking. Where is Ang Lee? Could you do this kind of seriously disturbs authorities' film like Mr. Spielberg did? You can't! We know that, KMT.
There are several features of this film, such as JFK was equally criticised as war maker among Nixon and predecessors who engaged covered actions to invade and destabilised other countries like South East Asian countries in this film mentioned. Criticising JFK is not a taboo since then. He was the one who conspired Bay of Pigs invasion by creating fake attack from North Vietnam.
Michael Kahn's construction of a scene in dialogue is unique that it is to carefully hide camera which takes revers cut from opposite position at the end of reverse cutting. It is a typical mark of this scene construction in editing.
This film's importance is that its defended and encouraged the media to have courage to criticise and monitor the government even under the threat from the dictatorship.
Like the tag line said: ''protecting expression of freedom of publishing is to publish.''
The Washington Post CEO and its chief editor did in Nixon's era, that is all of us need today! Japan also needs it! Why no one makes films like this?
Thank you, Mr. Spielberg! You are Mr. Hollywood! Great American artist!
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