Tuesday
07
Feb
7.30pm
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Tue
07
Feb
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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 at 7.30pm
Journalism
  • Period drama based on a...
  • 2005
  • USA/France/UK/Japan
  • B&W
  • 89 mins.
 

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK; George Clooney's second film as director is an understated ensemble piece that details a campaign by journalists to take on the might of Senator Joe McCarthy during his attempts to root out "communists" in the 1950s. Clooney also appears as CBS newsroom producer Fred Friendly, but wisely retreats to the background for the most part in favour of David Strathairn. As languid anchorman Edward R Murrow (whose signature sign-off gives the film its title), Strathairn gives a magnificent performance of quiet, steadfast courage, taking on not only McCarthy but his concerned station boss William Paley (an excellent Frank Langella) over whether or not to air the provocative reports. Clooney uses - and occasionally overuses - archive footage of the hearings to bring the true bullying monstrousness of the junior senator from Wisconsin to life, while keeping the simmering drama tightly confined within the studios and offices of CBS. Gorgeously shot in black and white by cinematographer Robert Elswit through a fug of cigarette smoke, this Oscar-nominated movie not only establishes Clooney's credentials as a director, but also indirectly has much to say about the present state of the US media post 9/11.

Adam Smith, Radio Times Film Guide



Director:

 
George Clooney

Screenplay:

 
George Clooney, Grant Heslov

Cast:

 
DAVID STRATHAIRN, Edward R Murrow; PATRICIA CLARKSON, Shirley Wershba; GEORGE CLOONEY, Frd Friendly; JEFF DANIELS, Sigfried
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