Good Night and Good Luck

Good Night and Good Luck

DVD - 2006
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Chronicles the real-life conflict between television pioneer Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s.
Publisher: Montreal : TVA Films, c2006
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Good 3564
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in

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theat
Dec 07, 2016

One of two fairly instructive movies on the McCarthy era in American politics - and certainly germane to what is going on in this country today. The one documents the struggle that TV journalism has with the profit motive of the corporations that control their content and salaries. The other move is "Trumbo" about a black-listed screenwriter from the same era - a much more entertaining and personal movie, told from the POV of the unfairly prosecuted.

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Davidf05
Nov 07, 2016

Will make you want to go to sleep early.

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Marvo301
Jul 09, 2016

A brilliant performance by David Strathairn as TV journalist Edward R. Murrow and his opposition to Senator McCarthy's communist witch hunt of the early 1950's. Good supporting work from George Clooney as producer Fred Friendly.

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talktimereader
May 21, 2016

Like so many of George Clooney's efforts, I enjoyed the subject and am in agreement with the flavour, but felt this did not go far enough to make the social statement he may have wanted; especially in light of current American politics. This film needed more context and definitely a summary statement at the end. I was surprised by the lack of content showing the harrassment of many in Hollywood and the entertainment community. Many famous stars, writers, etc., were the subject of unsubstantiated accusations. Also it was later determined that McCarthy was himself hiding great secrets. Definitely not the statement I am sure Clooney was reaching for.

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sspaniolo
Dec 03, 2015

I loved the fact that this movie is black and white. I feel like it added a little something extra to the film. The soundtrack and the acting is superb.

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StarGladiator
Apr 30, 2015

Am in full agreement with commenter, AQUILEA777 - - this film is purely, purely fictional! The push back really came against McCarthy when he claimed that a member of the Business Advisory Council was a commie [today renamed the Business Council, and still extraordinarily powerful] - - and then the Elites decided enough of McCarthy was enough! Unable to rate a fictional film presented as factual. Murrow was as credible as Dan Rather, who was just an empty teleprompter reader.

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AQUILEA777
Mar 15, 2015

Murrow opposed reckless accusations of Communism, but he assumed that real Communists were evil, and he supported U.S. Cold War intransigence.
The film omits Eisenhower's efforts to subvert popular governments in Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia, Vietnam, Congo, and elsewhere. The U.S. demanded vassalage and sought to ruin vulnerable independent leaders.
In the early 1960's, Murrow was chief of the U.S. Information Agency. He made a propaganda film, THE CHALLANGE OF IDEAS, which claimed the U.S. never meddled in the internal affairs of others, and warned of Soviet aid to emerging nations and Communist calls for peace.
Murrow was involved in early propaganda for the U.S. war in Vietnam, where we would kill 2,000,000 people who had not attacked us, all in the name of stopping Communism.
Murrow smoked incessantly. The film indicates one of his TV sponsors was a cigarette supposedly for the thinking person. How many admiring viewers were influenced by Murrow's vicious example? He died of lung cancer at age 57.

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IV27HUjg
Oct 02, 2014

What a smack in the face! I had no idea this film could impress & impact me so much. I knew just enough about McCarthyism & remember the times, but only 50 years later have I fully understood the extent of this complicated issue. It's not fast, no action & one needs to be really attentive. 6 nominations, yet it did not do well at the box office despite the great acting. The last 7 minutes of this film hit me up side the head, sent me to the net in search of the 1958 speech printed & confirmed what I've complained about for the last 15 years - commercial television is pitiful junk, dumbing down America. Thankfully we have PBS. To learn more about ERM & his amazing work in WWII read or listen to Citizens of London.

BookReviewer2015 Aug 20, 2014

Great film! Great jazz score, and a truly uplifting tale of standing up for what you believe in!

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kolarte59
Jul 13, 2014

I knew about Sen. McCarthy & the terror he brought with his hearings. No one was out of his reach but I didn't know that the "feud" between McCarthy & Murrow was that heated. This only depicted a brief but sad, dark and uncertain time in America, but it was done well.

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