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The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee 2017 123movies

The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee 2017 123movies

The man who took on the White HouseDec. 04, 201790 Min.
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Watch: The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee 2017 123movies, Full Movie Online – A documentary about Ben Bradlee, the iconic editor of The Washington Post..
Plot: An intimate portrait of Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, tracing his remarkable ascent from a young Boston boy stricken with polio to the one of the most pioneering and consequential journalistic figures of the 20th century.
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Mildly interesting documentary ahead of the new Spielberg film “The Post” (starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee)
“The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (2017 release; 90 min.) is a bio-documentary of Ben Bradlee, best known as the long-serving Executive Editor of the Washington Post. As the documentary opens, we are reminded that in 2994 Bradlee wrote his memoirs “A Good Life” and it is Bradlee himself who does the voice-over for much of this documentary (presumably taken from the audio-book version of that memoir), a little bit eerie to be honest (from beyond the grave so to speak–Bradlee passed away in 2014). We then go back in time, to Bradlee’s Boston roots and upbringing, his college years at Harvard, “graduating by the skin of my teeth” (as we see his very mediocre grade card), his WWII service in the Navy, and his tentative start as a journalist.

Couple of comments: this is the latest from veteran documentarian John Maggio (best known for his work at PBS’ American Experience). Here he takes a look at Ben Bradlee’s life, and what a colorful like it is indeed. I wasn’t aware as to the strong ties between JFK and Bradlee (and their wives), making a tight foursome (but that did not stop JFK from having an affair with the sister of Bradlee’s wife). At the core of the documentary is of course Bradlee’s tenure at the Washington Post, turning it from a “provincial, second-rate” newspaper into the national force to be reckoned with. We rehash once more the drama that were the “Pentagon Papers” episode in 1971, and then of course the Watergate scandal, of which Bradlee muses: In Nixon’s darkest hour, he gave the press its finest hour”. Some attention is devoted as well to Bradlee’s at times volcanic personal life. But in the end, as he himself acknowledges, “I have few regrets” (others comment “Bradlee never had any regrets”), which to me is bit of a turn-off. We all do things at one point of another in our lives that cause us to have some regrets…

This is the latest release in the HBO Documentary series, and I caught it on HBO Demand a couple of days ago. In the end, this is mildly interesting at best. Nary a critical word is uttered about Bradlee, despite his oftentimes controversial approach to things. Surely the documentary is released at this particular time to take advantage of the buzz that is building for Steven Spielberg’s latest movie “The Post”, starring Tom Hanks as Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Post publisher Kay Graham (the movie will come out in 2 weeks). It’s not that I regret seeing “The Newspaperman” but nor do I not see a compelling reason to seek this out again in repeat viewing.

Review By: paul-allaer
Ben Bradlee Pleased
I wonder what he thought of this documentary. A fair shot at his privileged background, his insatiable desire for crack reporting, and his reign of 29 years at the Post. I read the post and was familiar with both Kate, Sally, Ben and company. They had a stellar reputation unlike the MSM currently and I am blessed to have that experience in memory.

Watching Ben, with his handsome overpowering looks, wide toothy grin, slick tan and uber confidence was of particular interest, attempting to imagine life with his type of upbringing. How easy it was to make instant friends with a future president, taking in all the celebrities, fitting in anywhere, demanding the impossible and getting it with a sweet smile. I appreciate his hard work and dedication that helped propel him to super stardom but he had alot going for him that most of us mere mortal do not. I absolutely live for these more than superficial insights into the movers and shakers of this Universe.

Bradlee’s life overshadows most but I give Kate Graham credit for having the guts to hire someone of that caliber. HIgh recommend for demonstrating that you CAN smoke 4 packs a day and live to 93! Amazing profile.

Review By: GeoPierpont

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Original Title The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee
Release Date 2017-12-04
Release Year 2017

Original Language en
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Rated TV-14
Genre Documentary
Director John Maggio
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Actors Marion Barry Jr., Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee Jr.
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
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The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee 2017 123movies
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee 2017 123movies
Original title The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee
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