Saturday, December 17, 2005

Good Night, and Good Luck....Learning the Truth

A few weeks ago, I happened to catch George Clooney's docudrama "Good Night, and Good Luck" purportedly describing CBS television journalist Edward R. Murrow's crusade in bringing down Joe McCarthy in 1954. The movie boasted excellent production values, strong performances from the cast and quite a few powerful scenes involving footage of the real Sen. McCarthy. However, it eventually proved to be a little disappointing due to a curious lack of focus or a strong story arc. Clooney's earlier Confessions of a Dangerous Mind struck me as being a superior effort.

Today, I came across this two-part criticism by Jack Shafer at Slate which casts quite a different light on the historical events underlying the story. If you believe Shafer's account, and there is good reason to believe it, one must raise serious questions about the ethics of Clooney deviating from facts to the extent that he has while continuing to sell the movie as a docudrama. Michael Moore has just lost his party crown.


Anonymous Mor said...

Quite a dangerous article by Shafer - I think it reflect more badly on him than it does on Clooney. I wrote it up here.

2/20/2006 12:18 PM  

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