The story of a film is told not only through plot and exposition, but also through its setting. In films like All the President’s Men, Zodiac, Spotlight, and the upcoming The Post, (directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Hanks and Streep), the newsroom serves as a special, nearly sacred place. From each of the newsrooms depicted in these films, we glean information about the story being told; we find that a cramped, dense workplace speaks to the chaos of the story the reporters are tasked with untangling, while a wide-open space can represent a fear of the unknown and the uncertainty that comes with an investigation. A film’s setting, strongly designed and shot, can transform it into a character. In these movies, the newsroom itself is just as important as the dogged reporters who occupy it.
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