Good Night, and Good Luck – Filtered
Limited Release – Check you local newspapers for theaters and show-times.
“Good Night, And Good Luck.” takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950’s America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations (Government Operations Committee). With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff – headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom – defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist ‘witch-hunts’. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.
I had a tough time getting into this movie, but I think it was because I’m not very familiar with the career of Edward Murrow. But, the acting was great as well as the black and white format. And it was very clean with the exception of Murrow being a chain smoker and a few old-time cigarette ads. It is a good watch, and you definitely will learn something!!