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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.
Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney, is a class act from start to finish. Robert Elswit's scrumptious cinematography provides the allure for a film that otherwise might bore some, especially since the screenplay gets straight to the point, causing the film to be completely devoid of heightened tension. Clooney takes a layered and matter of fact route with this iconic story of Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy, using a cracking script and a massive cast list of dedicated performers to sell every moment. David Strathairn is the highlight of the whole film, with the main broadcasts conveying an impressive amount of fear and historical importance.
A single problem keeps this little movie (although the subject is…
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…
A masterclass of filmmaking from start to finish.
So informative of history.
So exquisite of facts.
There needs to be more reporters like Edward Murrow, hands down, who doesn't give a crap about the extreme political tactics nor offending anyone and takes it like it is. Goes for honesty instead of the ratings. Man, the news media today needs more of that instead of the PC bull today.
Thank you George Clooney for making this. It made my 4th of July stick.
"Funny thing, Freddie, every time you light a cigarette for me, I know you're lying."
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…
¨There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful. The instrument can teach, it can illuminate. Yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is merely lights and wires in a box¨
Good Night, and Good Luck is a very intelligent film and it has some great performances as well as it focuses on real events from the 50`s dealing with TV journalist Edward Murrow and his confrontation with Senator McCarthy. It is a political film and one of the best movies about television journalism as well.…
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…
Cigarette smoke floating, flickering in the harsh lights of the studio. Every face a silhouette in the shadows, each brow lined with perspiration. Three taps of the pen against the desk, a few seconds of stomach-turning silence, and the words on the sign will begin to glow; words that inform, words that intimidate, words that ultimately warn.
"You're on the air."
It's the warning of those words more than anything else that grips you: better pull yourself together. A world and a nation is watching, is listening, to you. You better have those facts straight as a line. Don't swallow. Don't fidget. Don't move a muscle unless it's scripted in the teleplay. Stare into that lens with eyes of steel,…
Superb film. The black and white feel for the movie is perfect and it's a beautifully bare film. It's dialogue-driven and it's real dialogue in many places or dialogue that must come close to real. It's well-rendered history designed to inform and it succeeds. The use of historical archive footage for a lot of the historical principals is both inspired and well done.
Strathairn is perfect as Murrow, with a quiet reserve and unflappability that no doubt made the real Murrow so enthralling sixty years ago. Each of the supporting cast members, from Clooney and Downey to Ray Wise, were done perfectly. Wise surprised me the most given I've seen him more often in television, and he was wonderful. The ending of the movie on that plot line packs a real punch.
I recommend this film to anyone not as familiar with McCarthyism as they'd like.
Photography is awesome, very stuffed
Every once in a while, a character actor who has made a living popping up here and there in mostly unmemorable roles, is cast in a film and does such an amazing job that everyone starts immediately wondering why he or she isn't more famous. However, if you think about it, this sort of makes sense. Character actors don't carry around the baggage of being big-name Hollywood personas; they can entirely sink into a role and not fight audience tendencies to watch them as a celebrity rather than as a character. This works even more to their advantage when they're asked to play real people.
I'm not even that familiar with Edward R. Murrow, the famous American newscaster who waged…
It turns out I have not seen this film before and all I can say is WHY? I really, really, really enjoyed this one. Researching this incident after the film, it turns out the this is a very historically accurate film which just adds to the awesomeness. The black and white also adds to the feeling like being right there in the office with all those smart and intelligent people. You really feel like you are back in the fifties.
Speaking of intelligent people - where the fuck is this kind of journalism? I don't watch a lot of TV, but it just seems that most of my generation who are in their late 20s and early 30s are getting…
David Straitharn is magnificent as Edward R. Murrow, arguably the greatest and most important journalist of the 20th Century. Though Joe McCarthy lost his war against Communism (really, against anyone who didn't think the same way he did), politicians of his ilk can be found still, even running for president. Robert Elswit's gorgeous black-and-white cinematography make for a beautiful but vital story.
What can't Clooney do?
I had very little knowledge about this film. the premise sounded intriguing and I knew it had been nominated for Best Picture but other than that I was clueless.
This is a perfectly decent film that knows the story it wants to tell and gets right to it. The story surrounding Murrow is an interesting one and is well handled with the focus remaining on the news team. The performances are very good but the film reigns them in in order to keep the focus on the story and this lack of grandstanding does work to the film's benefit. It doesn't feel like it's flag waving or being pushy. Strathairn is the stand out member of the cast but it…
Imagine Edward R. Murrow ripping Donald Trump a new asshole on national television.
I often get nostalgic for when journalism in America had balls.
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