George Clooney
"Good Night, And Good Luck" most valuable movie of the year
Fri Feb 17, 2006 00:23

Cinema For Peace to honour 'Good Night...'
Newindpress, India - Feb 15, 2006
LONDON: George Clooney's "Good Night, And Good Luck" is to be honoured as the most valuable movie of the year by the organisation Cinema For Peace. ...


Murrow, who died of lung cancer in 1965, lived in the central London apartment on Hallam Street from 1938 to 1946, while he reported on the Second World War for CBS and the BBC.

George Clooney follows up his directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in tremendous style with Good Night, and Good Luck, a labour of love that chronicles the historical televised confrontation between CBS news reporter Edward R. Murrow and communist-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy. It is a timely and challenging film that has been nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director at next month’s Academy Awards.

In 1953, at the height of the anti-Communist “witch-hunts”, Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn, also Oscar-nominated) and his producer Fred Friendly (Clooney) took on Senator McCarthy and his campaign of reds-under-the-bed scaremongering in a series of television broadcasts. Despite pressure from corporate sponsors, and at the risk of bringing down the entire network, Murrow revealed the lies and heavy-handed tactics employed by the Senator in an exemplary piece of brave broadcast journalism that ultimately resulted in McCarthy’s fall from grace.

Shot in glossy black and white, and interspersed with archive footage and transcripts of the original broadcasts, Good Night, and Good Luck is as concerned with accuracy and fact as Murrow and his team were. The portrayal of Senator McCarthy would have been an outrageous study in the art of hamminess, were he not played by the man himself using the original news reels.

Although a film with obvious political relevance today, there is no sense of liberal back-slapping. The understatement and lingering element of doubt throughout means that Good Night, and Good Luck is never in danger of descending to the level of mere left-wing polemics. It remains a tribute to the importance of quality broadcast journalism and the power of ‘reality TV’. Big Brother this ain’t.

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