Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Receiving a little inspiration from a good movie or book is a great feeling. Last year I re-read “All The President’s Men,” and it was a quick boost.
So, last night, I decided to join Netflix and order every single movie that is focused on journalism and journalists.
I am starting with the classics. The first movie I picked is “Call Northside 777,” staring James Stewart.
The documentary-style legal drama is based on a true story. During Prohibition, Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) is falsely accused and imprisoned for killing a cop. His mother, Tillie (Kasia Orzazewski), has a fierce belief in her son’s innocence, but it’s only when reporter P.J. McNeal (Stewart) starts investigating the crime 11 years later that the truth comes to light.
After that will come “Gentlemen’s Agreement” staring Gregory Peck. Reporter Phil Green (Peck), eager to blow the lid off anti-Semitism, accepts an assignment to pen a series of exposés for a progressive magazine. Green poses as a Jew and endures the full spectrum of bigotry — from being denied a job and use of public facilities to his son suffering a beating.
I had to throw in the queue “Spiderman 3” and “No Country For Old Men” because I haven’t seen them. I just finished re-watching Spideman 1 and 2, which do have some ties to journalism (Peter Parker is a freelance photographer).
Anyone want to suggest your favorite journalism movie?