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Good Night, and Good Luck.
They took on the Government with nothing but the truth.
George Clooney’s fact-based drama about the famous radio journalist Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Every country has its dark periods in history, often with filled with war and intolerance. It does not happen that often though that a country turns on itself, fearing a secular belief associated with an enemy far away. McCarthy's witchhunt for communist sympathisers has always been a historical event that has intrigued me. It turned one of the most powerful nations in the world into a paranoia ridden country fueled by intolerance and fear. It shows that the drive of one person can lead to dangers that affect an entire country, ruining many lives in the process.
Clooney provides us with a stunningly accurate slice of history. He documents the fight of legendary…
Good Night, and Good Luck is a powerful and gripping political drama that portrays the 1950's era with the perfect atmosphere of the fear of Communism lived through that times.
The power of dialogue is immense and no matter the slow paced of the film, you never get bored!
David Strathairn steals the show and gives an absolutely great performance as Edward R. Murrow the CBS news reporter , which gave him a well deserved Oscar nomination. The rest of the members of cast, as the group of journalist who worked with Murrow gave authentic performances, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Patricia Clarkson, Frank Langella among others were all fantastic. What is also amazing about this film is how any…
Unlike his recent production on the film, Argo, George Clooney actually provides a very accurate historical film that never douses itself into sensationalism or overt dramatization. It's very matter-of-fact, which has its pros and its cons. It takes away some emotional aspects that this film could've benefitted from; yet, it allows the film is be true to the story and remain relevant to today's political world.
The film centers in the early 1950s; the first years of broadcast journalism, following reporter Edward Murrow as he fights to bring down senator Joseph McCarthy. It's an interesting true story premise, particularly interesting to myself. And, as with most political dramas, it's mainly dialogue driven. However, unlike most, the dialogue is this film's…
Fascinating look at the media's role ably directed by co-star George Clooney. This is an actor's movie, with a litany of character actors who all put in great performances. None are better than David Straithairn though who anchors the film with Edward R. Murrow's quiet strength and conviction. Ideologically heavy-handed at times, even for someone who agrees with the message. Some of the Robert Downey Jr./Patricia Clarkson storyline seemed extraneous and tacked on, as did the two or three jazz numbers. At a scant ninety minutes, they were likely added to pad the film to feature length, but they don't detract anything. Destined to be shown in high school history and civics classrooms, if it isn't shown there already.
There is nothing I love more in film than good dialogue, and this film uses it so exceptionally, and is utterly unrelenting in its power. Every aspect of this film was captivating, most notably the performance by David Strathairn as the unwavering and high-minded Edward R. Murrow, who delivered each line with such conviction and belief.
One of the greatest aspects of this film was the feel of it. All of the little details which made it feel so genuine to the 1950's, is really what helped make this film so complete. The supporting cast was absolutely flawless and each character added more depth necessary to make the film succeed so admirably.
Perhaps it is because I myself graduated with…
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Before I say anything else, I should probably say that I know hardly anything about the McCarthy hearings in America, meaning that I have absolutely no idea why I decided to watch this. However, I'm glad that I did.
The cast here is simply outstanding - David Strathairn as Ed Murrow in particular. At certain parts of the film, he tells you all you need to know about what he's thinking through a single facial expression. Likewise, George Clooney (Wait, he wrote and directed this as well? Wow) is on form as the producer assisting Murrow on his campaign to do the right thing and not back down from a sensitive…
When I was a high school idiot and still convinced I was a conservative because of my parents, I tried to watch this film, as I was interested in both American history and the history of broadcast media. I fell asleep and didn't understand the film at all.
Which is immensely depressing, because this is an incredible masterwork.
George Clooney's gorgeously shot black and white film tackles the fearless journey of television journalism. Featuring some stellar performances from the main cast, especially David Strathairn, and an important but not overwrought script from Clooney and co-writer Grant Heslov, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK clocks in at just under an hour and a half and spends that time with panache and a thoughtful and tasteful look at the integrity of American journalism concerning political affairs. While the film lacks some warmth that would have sent it to the pantheon of greatness, Clooney shows some impressive skills, affirming that he is indeed a director to be reckoned with.
Surprisingly short but amazing in the way it keeps up tension solely through dialogue.
It is interesting to watch this film alongside the more hysterical and consumer-driven 'Network', as both are concerned with the autonomy or otherwise of network news divisions.
'Good Night and Good Luck' centres on the McCarthy trials and the witchhunt against Communist sympathisers in positions of influence and/or power. Few people or occupations which had security or public facing roles were left untouched by these hearings, some of which are presented within the film in archive footage.
Presenter Ed Murrow and his producer Fred Friendly stuck their necks out to start a crusade against McCarthyism, while being castigated as pinko sympathisers by the right-wing media. Their intervention led McCarthy to be investigated by the Senate, and set the cornerstone for…
George Clooney’s second directorial effort, Good Night, and Good Luck is a lusciously photographed black and white film that skillfully tells a story of journalistic confrontation. By weaving together actors and sets with archival footage the film becomes a bit more than a drama. While the film seemed a bit distant to me, it doesn’t focus on the personal lives of the characters in any depth, but on the work that they are doing and how it affects them. The distance isn’t accidental as the film is carefully shot and constructed with a journalistic tone that focuses on facts. I loved how it was constructed with no music except for music that comes from a television program in a studio.…
A remarkable true story of honesty and confrontation that has been turned into a blend of superbly written drama and cleverly used archival footage. What makes it so refreshing to watch is that it doesn't rely on standout set pieces to be engaging, and it doesn't need to.
This film is isolated in one area and that's the newsroom. It never strays from that point. Never shows you outside that world. But still manages to capture the 50's and it's paranoia of communist sympathsizers within the United States. The black and white is just a bonus. I'm a fan of films trying to be different and trying new things. Especially when they go retro and use old techniques. I love it. This film is phenomenal.
Película que te quiere enseñar la tensión de un momento de USA y sobre todo como funciona una emisora de TV, sin artificios, todo muy organico.
Y el humo de los cigarrillos inundando el ambiente.
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Clooney's finest outing as a director, Good Night and Good Luck is a film that improves with repeated viewing. An absorbing and evocative detailing of 1950s CBS newsman Ed Murrow's crusade against the evils of Joe McCarthy's communist witch hunts, it reminds of how TV can be used to 'teach, illuminate and inspire' and makes us thankful for those willing to 'throw stones at giants'.
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- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
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