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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…
The story in itself is inspiring but i found the film a bit dull....
Solid film dealing with tough subject matter. Definitely worth a watch!
Those were good times... Times were everybody could smoke everywhere, and all that jazz ... Good times indeed. And then there were people like Edward R. Murrow, a hero in its own way, for having the enough courage to be subversive and act against the hysterical standards of political distrust in those 'good times'.
David Strathairn is amazing in this
Is this movie a fluke? Of the four films in George Clooney's directorial filmography, this is the only one that can unequivocally be described as a success. Who would've thought that between Clooney and Affleck, Ben would be the bleeding-heartthrob with stronger cinematic chops? Everything about this film is so on the mark (acting, directing, writing, cinematography, music, costumes, editing, production design) that one would think it the harbinger of a seriously important career. Instead it has been followed by Leatherheads and Monuments Men. I guess it's at least admirable that he's tried something different every time out of the gate rather than just repeating a successful formula, but... Oh well, at least we have this one. Good night, and good luck.
During the 1950's there was a wave of communist paranoia where a mixture of government policy and propaganda made everyone afraid that anyone could be a communist. From the kid round the street to your own Gran, the communist could be anyone. Or at least anyone you said it was as the whole thing became a witch hunt, with word alone being enough to give a lifetime in jail as a means of protecting national secrets. But there were no better witch hunters than McCarthy, who would incarcerate people without trial for merely being suspected of Communism.
In Good Night and Good Luck we focus on Edward R Murrow and his loyal team of news investigators who chose to take…
Murrow deserves the exposure. He was a crusader in an era when it was not at all fashionable. And this film deserves the six AA nominations it received. The story is well told, well acted. TV journalism at its infancy, against the backdrop of McCarthyism. Fascinating. Do see it.
I liked it and the black-and-white looked very well.
Call this a victim of post-film education, but the distinct viscera of Good Night, And Good Luck. has always been the strength of David Strathairn to channel Edward R. Murrow and a keen understanding of the very real, and very risky struggles journalists and others faced in the 1950s during McCarthyism.
In this subsequent viewing, there is a little too much sanctification, the morality is a bit too dichotomous, and the characters themselves are more or less left undeveloped and flat, existing as shapes in suits as opposed to human beings with feelings and thoughts and emotion.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- The Broadway Melody
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