Hey! It’s Saturday. That means it’s time to pair up another couple of films for a Saturday Double Feature.
Okay, as always, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
The Post, which stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks is one of those movies about a particular event or point in time which gains a new relevance because of events going on in the real world at the time of its release.
The movie depicts the internal struggle going on at the Washington Post over whether to publish the Pentagon Papers, an act which. during the time – at the height of the Vietnam War – was seen as at least potentially treasonous;
Today, with the advent of Wikileaks and the increasingly strained relationship between the press an the administration in Washington, well, the parallels are easy to point out.
So the obvious film to pair with The Post would be All The President’s Men, the story of Woodward and Bernstien’s struggle to uncover and publish the truth about the Watergate cover-up. However, I thought instead we’d take a look at another movie having to do with the rights and responsibilities of the press.
Today’s movie gives the theme a more personal bent. In this case it involves the question of what the responsibility of the press should be when they print a story that may be being use to frame an innocent man and what their response should be when he comes to them protesting his innocence.
The movie is 1981’s Absence of Malice and stars Paul Newman and Sally Field.
Here’s a trailer:
Okay, so that’s my pick for a double feature pairing with The Post. What do you think? Got a better or different idea of something to go along with it? If so, let me know in the comments below or over on the DurnMoose Facebook page.