Good night and good luck
Good Night and Good Luck is a 2005 film written and co directed by Georges Clooney and
Grant Heslov. “Good Night and Good Luck” is a direct quote from the main personage of the film who is used to conclude is broadcast by these words. He probably say good luck ad he worried for the next generation coming soon in this world, even a journalist can’t know the reality of the world he has to describe so he may wonder what about us, simple spectators of what happen.
We all know that George Clooney is a fervent defender of the civil rights and against the war in Iraq and by this way against the policy of George Bush. Thus we can think that this film is also a mean to criticize the numerous mistakes made by his president during the last five years. In others words his involvement into Iraq War, his opposition against Kyoto protocol and in 2005 in his failure of activate the emergency during Hurricane Katrina. Everything is implicit but the parallel with the recent world are obvious.
In this film he wants to make the audience aware of how difficult the job of journalist is and by top everything wants to make us feeling the mood of the 1950’s, the end of World War II, beginning of Cold War and the McCarthyism. To put it in a nutshell it is a commentary on the contemporary political and journalistic climate. This film was also a great opportunity for George Clooney to honour his father who was a journalist.
The film covers the period during which David Strahaim played the part of Edward Murrow, a journalist of the CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) television which was and still is one of the most important American radio and television network fight against Senator McCarthy of the Wisconsin in his weekly show named See It Now. It is a combat versus the techniques employed by McCarthy in his struggle of the communism. As an honest and objective journalist Murrow shows through is broadcast some victims and comments it in an honourable way.