Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Good Night, and, Good Luck

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Good Night, and, Good Luck

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GOOD NIGHT, AND, GOOD LUCK Directed by George Clooney (Warner Independent Pictures, 2005)

Hollywood did some of its best work responding to McCarthyism and the Red Scare, with Fred Zinnemann's High Noon and Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront offering two opposing views of America's struggle against communism. George Clooney's taut new drama about Edward R. Murrow's confrontation with Sen. Joseph McCarthy is a welcome addition to this collection of cinematic civic lessons.

Unlike Brando and Cooper, however, the hero in Clooney's film doesn't carry a meat hook or a badge. Instead, David Strathairn, known for his understated portrayals of quiet, cautious men, plays the dean of early television broadcasting as a man armed only with his convictions, intellect, and a healthy respect for the truth, reminding us that real courage often wears a jacket and tie and has to please a boss worried about the bottom line.

Strathairn's Murrow is a man willing to make compromises, signing loyalty oaths and interviewing Liberace and Mickey Rooney, but also enough of an idealist to inspire his colleagues and to believe his industry and nation are capable of more than Milton Berle or Joe McCarthy. …

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