Beyond Books: Films

Hi all my Bookworms!

My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.

How are you all?

Last time I did a beyond books I did it almost like a Top 5 post and since then I realised that this isn’t what I wanted from this post.  So today I’m going to go with a different style.

This week I want to talk about some films I have been watching while in Lockdown.

I love myself a good film.  I have favourite directors, actors, composers.  If it is something to do with television and film, I probably have a favourite.  And one night I was in the mood to watch one of my favourite combination of favourites.  Steven Spielburg as director, John Williams on the music, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as leading actors.  Anyone know the film?  It’s The Post.

The Post

The film is based on true events and follows Meryl Streeps character, Katherine Graham, owner of her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post and Tom Hanks’ character, Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post.  The film is set in 1971 and follows the publication of what the Washington Post called at the time as the Pentagon Papers, it goes through finding the papers, publishing them and finally the court battle in the supreme court where the New York Times and the Washington Post fight for their first amendment rights.

If you want to know more about the plot of the film I recommend going to Wikipedia and if you are intrigued enough to watch it, it is (at the time I am writing this) on UK Netflix.  I unfortunately cannot speak for the rest of the world but I hope that you can find a copy to watch.  I really recommend it.

The film came out in 2017 and I watched it the first time while I was living in Paris.  I think I wanted to watch it to remember better times of living there but I managed to persuade my brother to watch it with me.

I am a bit of a history buff.  I love 20th century history and we loved watching it together and we kept pausing it to discuss what was going to make sure we both understood what was happening.  Surprisingly, my brother got really into it.  The film ends with the brake-in at the Watergate building.  This ending prompted us to go on to watching a few other films as the week progressed.

They included All The Presidents Men, a film about the Watergate scandal (Wikipedia) and Frost/Nixon, a film about the making of The Frost Report and interviewing Richard Nixon (Wikipedia).

I won’t go into detail about either film here but I have left links to their Wikipedia pages.  They were a brilliant combination and I really loved watching them.

But there was a point to this when I started writing it.  Or at least I hope there was.

I always take my films with a pinch of salt.  Directors and writers exaggerate and elaborate things to make them better for the screen but, to me, they are more than just a way of passing the time.  They are a way of sparking interests, of learning things, of broadening your horizons.

Whether you go away and watch one, any or all of these three films I hope that you find a film outside of your normal watching habits and broaden your horizons.  Educate yourself on something new and find a new passion, or even rediscover an old one.

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