THE death last week of Ben Bradlee – the former editor of The Washington Post – was rightly widely reported, including here, in The Guardian, which begins its obituary, thus: “As the brilliant editor who steered The Washington Post’s history-making exposure of the Watergate presidential scandal, Ben Bradlee, who has died aged 93, became the most lauded and influential American journalist of his era.”
And of course the Watergate expose by the newspaper’s reporting duo of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein is the subject of arguably the best-known movie about journalism: All the President’s Men.
Says Wikipedia (here), of the classic: “All the President’s Men is a 1976 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1974 non-fiction book of the same name by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two journalists investigating the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post. The film starred Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, respectively; it was produced by Walter Coblenz for Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises.”
Watch the trailer, here:
Buy it, here.