Steven Spielberg’s much-heralded new film “The Post”, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, tells the story of the Washington Post’s groundbreaking legal struggles to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The film is very timely considering President Trump’s attacks on the press.
The Post opens with several scenes featuring Daniel Ellsberg, played by Matthew Rhys. While the scenes are accurate of Ellsberg on a plane with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, copying the Pentagon Papers, and later handing them off to Ben Bagdikian, they are very compressed history and only skim over Ellsberg’s story.
The Most Dangerous Man in America film presents the full story about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, and is must-viewing for anyone who sees The Post film. The film includes the actual footage of Ellsberg and McNamara.
One review of The Post film praised Most Dangerous Man as “a much more insightful production… which honors the central figure of the controversy with intelligence and dignity.”
The Most Dangerous Man in America is now available to stream online, download or purchase on DVD for home or educational use.
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