Good Night And Good Luck Film Analysis

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Good Night and Good Luck’ is a historical film based on the work of Edward Murrow and the television crew of ‘See It Now’, a programme broadcasted by CBS in the 1950s. Murrow and the crew are determined to confront the anti-communist command of the Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy. Throughout the film, the CBS team work in an effort to dismantle the views of McCarthy and prevent the spread of McCarthyism in the U.S. The film was written by George Clooney and Grant Heslov and was released in the U.S in October 2005. Clooney also directed the film, which is fitting to the subject matter of the film, given his background. Clooney would have already had background knowledge in television production in the 1950s as his father, Nick Clooney, was a young television journalist in those times. Clooney himself also studied in broadcast journalism in Northern Kentucky University. The film was made in 2005, fifty-one years after Murrow broadcasted about McCarthy. When basing a film on a controversial topic, a significant amount of time must be left to elapse. This film was based when the Cold War was at its peak. It would have been irrelevant for this film to have been made in the 1960s because new information about McCarthy could have arisen and the interrogations would have been still very raw for some people. By making the film fifty years later, we use hindsight to analyse what really happened at time and look at the consequences of Murrow’s actions. The film opens in

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