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George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck”

by Pamela Leavey

The WaPo has a video interview of George Clooney about his upcoming movie, “Good Night and Good Luck.” It looks to be a powerful, must see film, given the correlation of current events to the movie. At a time where we have witnessed our media taking on the role of pushing propaganda to the American public, reflecting on similar circumstances in the past is welcomed.

Director George Clooney talks about his intentions in making “Good Night, and Good Luck” a movie chronicling the real-life conflict between CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, played by David Strathairn, and Senator Joseph McCarthy during the early 1950s. During the CBS news program “See It Now,” Murrow challenged Senator McCarthy’s tactics in orchestrating a campaign to expose and punish suspected Communists within the U.S. government.

Clooney says in the interview, “Self censoring is a very dangerous place… tough questions have to be asked, always… of every administration, not just this one.”

Good Night, and Good Luck

Watch the interview here.
The NY Times has a review here.
Salon says, “George Clooney’s second directorial project refuses to sacrifice craftsmanship to polemics, even as it kicks the pants of the contemporary media.”

“I’m passionate about the responsibility of broadcast journalists and the failure of what television promised. Somewhere along the way, people figured out that they could make money on the news.” Which changed things. “I watched my dad fight until he couldn’t win any more and quit.” ~ George Clooney

Watch the Trailer here.

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