Essay on Film Review: Good Night, and Good Luck

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Film Review: Good Night, and Good Luck

By Nina Karimi

“Good Night, and Good Luck” is not your typical Hollywood film full of conventional action, cliff hangers, and romance. It is however a masterpiece of its time, about an era that many Americans try to forget. George Clooney, an esteemed American Actor and director of this film tried to capture a period of time known as the McCarthy Era where the “red scare” or fear of communism allowed the Senator from Wisconsin to try and convict suspected traitors. Its historical accuracy with real footage, quotations, and individuals, along with the distinct characteristics of Edward R. Murrow by actor David Strathairn are remarkably accurate. The film takes place virtually entirely in
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The fact that actors do not look or sound entirely like their characters, which is even more as evident with Strathairn as Murrow, lacking his puffier face and more resonant voice (Ken Tucker) can give the audience a wrong depiction of the person. Another note is the audience can only see one side of the picture and it seems like Murrow and his staffs were the only ones that brought down McCarthy. Further research would show that ABC’s live airings of the McCarthy-Army Committee hearings played a significant roll in the Senators downfall, but the film did not depict this fact. The movie also shows Hollenbeck’s suicide as closely following Murrow’s April response to McCarthy, but in reality the two events were separated by two months. This historical inaccuracy nonetheless is explained on the film’s commentary track by director Clooney to be for dramatic reasons, which gives it some leniency. I believe that when watching this movie, there is no need for fear of extreme misrepresentation with the realization that a slight bias in favor of Murrow is inevitable.

The context in which something is set, its setting, especially in cinematography is very important and can change a film all together. “Good Night and Good Luck”, because it takes place in the 1950s yet is made in 2005, creates an extra importance on the setting. When it comes to clothing and hair, especially evident with the women, there is no delusion of which era

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