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(Film Review) Good Night, and Good Luck

I can honestly say that's the busiest I've seen a cinema during a weekday afternoon for some time. It wasn't packed but there must have been a good 30-40 people in there.

So, what was the Oscar nominated abd George Clooney directorial debut "Good Night, and Good Luck" like?

The film is about Edward Murrow, a broadcaster at CBS and his attempts to bring down Joseph McCarthy in anti-Communist paranoia ridden 1950's America. Murrow was aided in this by his Producer Fred Freindly (played by Clooney) and their team of researchers. The film itself is shot in black and white and features alot of archive footage from the time of both McCarthy and a number of the people he accused during his 'purge'.

The acting is good and the film was also quite interesting as it explored a very small slice of the overall period. It was very centered on Murrow (not unsurprisingly) and specifically on the case at hand. In some ways it is more of a documentary-drama than a film and I'm certian many on my friends list wouldn't enjoy it. Indeed I'd only really suggest going to see it if you are a major film buff or have an interest in the historical events that the film portrays.

David Strathairn does a very good job in his roll as Edward Murrow and should be highlighted above the rest of the cast (although everyone was pretty good). I'd also like to highlight Frank Langella's performance as William Paley - the head of CBS.

It has come as no surprise to me (I googled him when I got home) that Edward Murrow died of lung cancer in 1965 as the character was portrayed as smoking pretty much throughout the entire film - as were most of the characters but I guess those were the times!

I'm surprised the film has been nominated for six Oscars as whilst good I don't feel it was a great film. Indeed it probably won't even reach my Top 10 or even 15 by years end. In short, think twice about going to see it as you mya find it hard going and a bit boring as it is a film which I'd guess needs an acquired taste. School Report: C

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scimon
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
I wonder how much of it's Oscar nominations are a way for Holywood to stick two fingers up to the administration?
mrmmarc
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, its a great film.
Not everyone's cuppa, but shoddin' ace!
amanofhats
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
So, what was the Oscar nominated abd George Clooney directorial debut "Good Night, and Good Luck" like?

This wasn't Clooney's directorial debut; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was.
goldmoonrj
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
I loved the film and believe Clooney has not released the film now unwittingly. Plus, as a journalist, it is refreshing to see a story about those of us who still fight for the truth, no matter what the cost. :)
mrmmarc
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
here, here.
A clarion call to the glory days when it was EXPECTED to look behind a story... I know people slag off American jounalists, but once Ginats did walk the Earth over there.
(Luckily, we still have giants, even print media giants, In Britain today)
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