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Good Night, and Good Luck. 2005. USA. Directed by George Clooney. Screenplay by Clooney, Grant Heslov. With David Strathairn, Clooney, Patricia Clarkson. Closed captioning available. 93 min.
In his second directorial outing, George Clooney orchestrates an incisive portrayal of the real-life media sparring match between Senator Joseph McCarthy and CBS primetime anchor Edward R. Murrow in the lead-up to the 1954 Senate-McCarthy Hearings. Deftly capturing the smoke-filled scramble of a Cold War–era television newsroom in sharp black and white, Clooney seamlessly blends his star-studded cast with archival television footage of McCarthy, injecting a necessary sense of gravity. The film succeeds as a cautionary tale not only about the power of lies in politics but, more significantly, about the limitations of investigative reporting under capitalism.
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