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- Film Screening: Good Night, and Good Luck
Film Screening: Good Night, and Good Luck
Presented by the Chan Centre in partnership with the Cinematheque
It’s 1953, and the piece of talking furniture called TV is still a novelty in America’s living rooms. On it, Sen. Joseph McCarthy uses fear, falsehoods and belligerence to become arguably the most powerful man in the land (sound familiar?). Newsman Edward R. Murrow, who’s had his fill of the senator’s tactics, fights back.
David Strathairn plays Murrow, the principled “face of television” who maps his trategy with his producer and confidant, Fred Friendly (Clooney). A deft ensemble plays staff members in the bustling battleground that is the CBS newsroom. McCarthy is in the mix, too, intercut into the action via real-life footage. A media and a nation are going to change – while on the air.
The soundtrack for Good Night, and Good Luck is performed entirely by Dianne Reeves (with a small jazz ensemble), and won the 2006 GRAMMY award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
“An electrifying movie event. One of the year’s best. Clooney’s maverick triumph.” – Rolling Stone
Director: George Clooney. Running time: 1 hr 33 minutes.
With: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella