Monday, November 13, 2006

The Truth Shall Free Us - The Pentagon Papers

The Truth Shall Free Us - The Pentagon Papers

movies to see / history to study / things to think about

The Pentagon Papers

The Pentagon Papers (2003) -
This compelling political drama is based on the true story of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret Defense Department documents to the The New York Times and The Washington Post. The documents in question would eventually become famous as The Pentagon Papers. Stars Alan Arkin, Claire Forlani, James Spader and Paul Giamatti.

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see: > > The Pentagon Papers @ Wikipedia > >

I look forward to the release of the IRAQ PAPERS!

other recent viewing, also reccommended:

Thirteen Days (2000) -
When a nuclear missile presence rapidly escalates in Cuba, President Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) attempts to curb the threat with help from his aides (including Kevin Costner) and generals. After assessing the situation, they quickly realize the Soviets could launch offensive warheads at any moment. Based on historical events, Thirteen Days is a gripping reenactment of a time when the world's fate hung by a thread.

JFK (1991) -
Oliver Stone's fascinating movie is part deconstruction, part re-creation and part history lesson all wrapped up in one. One of America's most enigmatic and mythical presidents, John F. Kennedy, is assassinated in Dallas, and a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, takes the fall. But was he acting alone when he shot JFK from the Texas Book Depository? This version includes an extra 17 minutes added...

The Postman (1997) -
In the year 2013, amidst the desolation of a decimated, post-apocalypse United States, rogue groups of armed men prey on individuals. The largest of these -- the Holnists, led by General Bethlehem (Will Patton) -- seeks to rule the country. They capture a drifter (Kevin Costner), who escapes at first chance and stumbles on an abandoned mail Jeep. He begins delivering its letters, eventually restoring hope and inspiring revolution.

Last of the Dogmen, 1995 <<< long unknown surviving remnants of Native America discovered

Water, 2005 <<< [child] widows in India

The Last of His Tribe, 1992 <<< the story of Ishi, last of his tribe... ever really consider the true history of California? ...pretty recent...

Good Night, and Good Luck, 2005 <<< ah. the media...

George Clooney's Oscar-nominated docudrama pits TV newsman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) against Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his single-minded crusade to quell the red threat at home. Despite corporate pressure to back off, Murrow and his CBS staff are determined to examine the lies and fear tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his Communist witch-hunts. The impressive cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels.

Munich, 2005 <<< regarding assassination...

see: > > The Pentagon Papers @ Wikipedia > >

And please check out wikipedia if you haven't yet!