Good Night, and Good Luck
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In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator Joseph McCarthy. CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand and challenge.]]>
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A perfect ensemble cast dramatizies one of America's dark periods in contemporary history -- "McCarthyism." If you are not familiar with this era, you can get a quick understanding here by reading the wiki on McCarthyism. (recommended before watching). Filmed brilliantly in black and white to enhance the era, the script never meanders. It packs a lot of drama and poignant dialog into what feels like a lean 93 minutes.
Like a play on film, the movie centers on a latter-career-era Edward R. Murrow, a heralded news reporter who earned a stellar reputation as a World War II correspondent, now a pioneer in the early days of TV news with the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). In a pre-60-Minutes era of television news magazines, Murrow's episodes help bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy and his Communist "witch hunt" across America.