Fri, Mar 16, 2012
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Cinema Night - “Good Night, and Good Luck” 2005 93 minutes

Elections will soon be upon us, with far different issues taking the stage from those of 1953, the time of Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy. Edward R. Murrow, in an earlier media environment at CBS-TV, investigated and exposed the Senator’s false accusations of American communist infiltrators in the government and elsewhere. In those days, as Murrow has said, other journalists presented mostly good news.   That has certainly changed today.
George Clooney wrote, directed and acted in Good Night, paying himself one dollar.  He said he made the film because it was a good time to raise the idea of using fear to stifle political debate, as did Senator McCarthy. In addition to David Strathairn as Murrow, Clooney plays Fred Friendly, Frank Langella plays William Paley, and Robert Downy, Jr.  and Patricia Clarkson play married staffers. Good Night was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a high rating of 94%.  And Roger Ebert said the film is really “about the process by which Murrow and his team eventually brought about McCarthy’s downfall... It is a morality play, from which we learn how journalists should behave. It shows Murrow as fearless, but not flawless.”
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards.

This is a MUST SEE!  Guests and nonmembers welcome.

Time: Bar opens and light supper at 6:00 p.m. Film screening at 7 p.m.

Cost: $5 film; $15 light supper

Event Location

1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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