Are Molly's Game and The Post too obviously about 2017?

How Hollywood filters history through the values of the present

'The Post.'
(Image credit: Niko Tavernise / 20th Century Fox)

Director Steven Spielberg's new historical drama The Post tells the story of how first The New York Times and then The Washington Post defied the demands of the federal government and published the stolen Department of Defense documents that came to be known as "the Pentagon Papers," scoring an important victory for freedom of the press. Throughout the picture, Spielberg's crew does a remarkable job of recreating the New York City and Washington, D.C., of 1971. And yet one of the movie's most memorable moments is clearly from the perspective of 2017.

About halfway through the film, Post publisher Katharine Graham (played by Meryl Streep) walks up the steps of an imposing financial institution for a meeting about the future of her newspaper. Outside the enormous doors, various female assistants have gathered, waiting for their bosses. But "Kay" passes through the scrum of ladies in dresses, entering a society of darkly suited men, who seem only to allow her inside because she's too rich to reject.

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