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3 Iconic Movies about Journalism



3 Iconic Movies about Journalism

To celebrate the premiere of The Right Distance, a movie about a writer's need to maintain an appropriate and professional "distance" from his subjects, here are a few movies about journalism.

All the President's Men – 1976
This American biographical political drama-thriller film about Watergate premiered in 1976 and depicts the quest of a journalist to uncover the truth about what seemed like a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. The White House fights its publication tooth and nail, but the editor of the Post is willing to publish it. This movie is arguably the movie that changed the perception of journalism and journalists.

The cast includes names like Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsamand Hal Holbrook. The film won Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and Best Sound.

The Post - 2017
Katharine Graham - played by Meryl Streep - is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee – played by Tom Hanks - Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents.

In 1971, The New York Times had access to classified documents about the Vietnam War. However, the government used the Justice Department to stop the distribution of newspapers claiming violation of the national security laws. Immediately after, The Washington Post had access to similar documents but they decided to face the government and publish the newspapers against the will of their lawyers and investors.

Spotlight - 2015
Spotlight is a about a team of investigative journalists who examine a pedophilia and molestation case against one priest that quickly unravels to become a national scandal. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. Journalists gradually understand that the number of cases could be much higher than they imagined. It is a gut-wrenching story of child sexual abuse uncovered through the finest investigative journalism that has been ever shown on screen.

The investigation published in 2001 by journalists from the Boston Globe revealed that for decades, the local Catholic Church stifled the sexual abuse perpetrated by priests on children. 'Spotlight' is the name of the team that revealed the truth and won the Pulitzer Prize.

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