Separating fact from fiction in Netflix’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

Separating fact from fiction in Netflix's 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'

Aaron Sorkin loves himself some drama.

It can make for a gripping story even when he’s tackling a subject that isn’t based in fiction, as we saw in The Social Network. But that pursuit of dramatic tension can also lead to divergences away from what actually happened…as we also saw in The Social Network.

Sorkin’s latest, The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix, is similarly rooted in real events. The court proceedings referenced in the title take us back to the dawn of the Richard Nixon administration and a politically motivated trial aimed at bringing down key figures in 1960s counterculture. Read more…

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