"Good Night, And Good Luck." takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950's America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations (Government Operations Committee). With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and
Good Night and Good Luck
by Chris Huntley
Good Night and Good Luck is a dramatic recreation of real life events in the early 1950’s between television journalist Edward R. Morrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy. Lovingly shot in black and white, the film explores the on-air showdown between Morrow and McCarthy that began the end of the “McCarthy era.” The movie’s pedigree, production qualities, and performances are impeccable. Its critical acclaim and box office prowess (a budget of $7M and box office grosses of $31.5M in five months not counting DVD sales) are obvious. There’s only one thing that it seems to lack—a grand argument story. So why is it so popular? SPOILERS AHEAD…Sort of.
I’m not going to talk too much about Good Night and Good Luck’s story, so there’s not much I can spoil. Once I cover the little story stuff of interest, I want to suggest why this film is popular IN SPITE of the fact it isn’t a grand argument story. That should be fun! About the Story—Good Night and Good Luck is all about the Overall Story throughline. Period. Though there are many candidates for Main Character, the filmmakers seem to have intentionally kept the audience at arm’s length from identifying with any of them on a personal level. Edward R. Morrow and Fred Friendly are the likeliest candidates for Main Character and Influence...