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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.…
"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty."
The stakes never seem higher than the people involved. While claustrophobic delinquencies are thrown through smoke of rattled behavior, Clooney's masterstroke is drenching his talky atmosphere into an often purposely arranged emotional rundown.
There are terrible accusations that are splatted with the monochromatic figurines. Ones that take away pride, ones that take away lives but also ones that revolutionize the perspective of people who consider television an accumulation of wires and lights in a box.
If you do feel that the roughness of this straight to the point drama is meandering, there are jazz twinkles and cigarette advertisements for you, and if things get extremely erratic, well then Good Night, and Good Luck.
"Good Night, and Good Luck" feels almost like a documentary of real events from the 1950s. How stunning it must have been to watch TV journalist Edward Murrow and his confrontation with Senator Joseph McCarthy. It is a political film, but it doesn't feel preachy. It is a spectacular movie about television and the role of media in the communication of the news. It should stand side by side with other classics like "All the President's Men", and "Network".
Murrow, played chillingly by David Strathairn, was there at the dawn of television journalism and he cast a mold that all serious news reporters have tried to fill ever since. This film was nominated for Best Picture in 2006, and received…
As a historical drama it's light on drama and heavy on smugness. It's subplots, and there really aren't many, add very little thematically. The structure seems off, too. A speech by Murrow imploring the decision makers of the television industry to direct their powers toward good is interrupted midway through to tell, primarily, the story of how a bunch of powerful guys were so cowardly that they barely let one of the most respected voices in the free world speak out against Joseph McCarthy, even though they all felt, rightly, that McCarthy was despicable. Then, after you've forgotten about it, the film returns to Murrow's speech and promptly ends. It's almost like they set out to write a film about…
Probably my 4th time watching and had to turn it off. It's really good the first three times.
"We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late."
-Edward R. Murrow
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film was a film that took a good look into McCarthy era America and Edward Murrow's use of Television to help bring down McCarthy. The story was compelling and the characters were interesting for the most part. One subplot of the story that I did not fancy was the subplot of Joe Wershba (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shirley Wershba (Patricia Clarkson) keeping their marriage under wraps to prevent them from getting fired from CBS. I don't feel this storyline added anything to the film and the film would have been better off without it. All things said, this was an enjoyable film to watch.
Polished looking and well shot in black and white, "Good Night, and Good Luck." features strong performances from a cast uncharacteristically led by David Strathairn. Frank Langella is one of the supporting cast members and he also makes a strong impression. Too bad the overall cast is let down by the forgettable characters they portray.
Unfortunately, the story was muddling in my opinion and I couldn't quite follow along all that often. The script assumes you know what is going on at any given moment and what the scene's purpose is but we actually don't - atleast I didn't.
I'm sorry I'm not with the majority in my review of "Good Night, and Good Luck." but, in the end, I honestly won't remember anything about this film in three days time.
La mejor película de Clooney en la silla del director y se debe a que es un filme sin ningún tipo de artilugio que se apoya enteramente en su historia y en sus actores.
Clooney's best film in the director's chair and it's because this is a movie without any weird narrative device that relies entirely on its story and its actors.
Unearthed from an email discussion with Uncas in April 2006, when I was smarter (I still love this movie):
I knew that Clooney had used found footage in Good Night, and Good Luck, but I wasn't expecting so much of it. I would guess that as much as 10-15% of the film's total run time is built from it, and there's a section near the end where we watch four or five minutes of uninterrupted footage. It's a fairly radical gesture, I think, because the "fiction" section, by comparison, feels utterly artificial. The black-and-white cinematography, the beautiful rings of cigarette smoke, the Diane Reeves songs -- everything in the film proper is distorted by nostalgia (shades of Jameson's "pastiche"). I…
If I came in at any particular moment of Good Night and Good Luck I would be intrigued, because it looks amazing (the black-and-white really fits here.) The film certainly appears to be doing something important (telling how Edward R. Murrow took on Senator McCarthy,) and with amazing style and panache. The problem is, the story is surprisingly weak. There are a few scenes when we see Murrow's news reports which are fantastic, and you can see the kind of quality news work it took in order to discredit Senator McCarthy. However there isn't much to this film beyond that. There are some implied tactics used by McCarthy to strike back, but it doesn't amount to much. In fact there…
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