Saturday, October 29, 2005

Good Night and Good Luck

Wife and I went to see Good Night and Good Luck to night (part of our anniversary celebration) and I first would like to encourage anyone who hasn't seen it yet to see it. It is a very good movie.

The movie, if you don't already know, covers the period of Edward R. Morrow's career during the McCarthy era. The movie is only about an hour and a half long, but seems to pass in no time. Well acted, written, and directed; it is a fascinating study in how one news man makes a different in the US.

Wife said upon leaving the theater that the movie really pointed out how the how the current news industry in this country has become very fluffy.

Based on historic events, I think the one of the interesting powers of the movie is that it's underlying them seems to be repeated today. The idea that disagreeing with a powerful politician makes one unamerican or unpatriotic (or in the case of the McCarthy witch hunts, a communist) seems to have a very familiar modern ring to it. The 'right-wing' in this country seems to be re-instating the whole idea of the McCarthy era, the idea that you can not disagree with the Bush Administration with out being an unamerican or unpatriotic.

I have to say that I believe this may very well been one of George Clooney's intents with the movie.

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