Good Night, and Good Luck
Produced and distributed by Warner Independent and Redbus Pictures
Directed by George Clooney
Screenplay by Grant Heslov
With all that has been revealed since the Soviet archives were opened to scrutiny in the 1990’s, does anyone still believe that Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy was hunting witches where there was no coven? That there were no communists, or, at least, none that did any harm, in the State Department from the 1930’s to the 1940’s? That Alger Hiss was just a bleeding-heart naif who stumbled into the 1945 Yalta Conference and accidentally consigned Eastern Europe to Soviet domination? Even the leftists at the Nation have apostatized from these articles of their former faith. George Clooney, however, continues to embrace the hallowed creed with all the fervor of a true believer.
Watching Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck, you are led to believe that the Soviet threat was merely a fever dream of McCarthy, a boorish self-promoter from the boondocks trying to cow the nation into conformity with his fascist vision of patriotism. To take down this Goliath of America’s greater booboisie, Clooney casts his David in the person of CBS newscaster cum editorialist Edward R. Murrow.
Clooney is a good actor and seems not unintelligent, but this twaddle cannot...