Deconstructing Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7,’ from Spielberg to Netflix

Yes, Aaron Sorkin is a skilled dramatist — and has an Oscar to show for it for “The Social Network” — and we know he can deliver a courtroom drama — he adapted his own play “A Few Good Men” for filmmaker Rob Reiner.

But “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is a triumph of the form.

Plowing through a dozen books on the subject, and 21,000 pages of transcripts from 5 1/2 months of the 1969 trial, Sorkin was able to distill a top Original Screenplay contender that is a marvel of the craft.

He will be hard to beat.Sorkin helped me to figure out how he did it during a Zoom interview for the Writers Guild Foundation.1.

Say ‘yes’ to Steven Spielberg.One Saturday morning 14 years ago, the filmmaker invited Sorkin to come over to his house and told him he wanted to do a movie about the Chicago Seven.

First the screenwriter said “yes,

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