Maybe I Would Have Liked it More if Some of the Characters Smoked

We watched Good Night, and Good Luck this weekend and weren’t really wowed by it. I was going to talk about why, but I didn’t really think I had much to say that really justified a blog post (as though I ever felt a need to do that before.) Still, I didn’t want to waste the post title I’d come up with, so there you go.

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2 Responses to Maybe I Would Have Liked it More if Some of the Characters Smoked

  1. David Thiel says:

    One of the things I found fascinating about this film was the amount of smoking going on. From my perspective as a TV professional in a smoke-free work environment, it’s a look back at a vastly different era. I once recall reading an article by a film critic (it could’ve been Ebert, but if so, I can’t find a citation) that made a case for smoking in the movies, in that a cigarette or pipe makes an effective prop for an actor, and that the smoke gives an interesting texture to the shot. To be honest, I have to agree.

    As for the film itself, I found it to be a solid historical document, if not necessarily a compelling narrative. It’s a part of our past that people ought to know about.

    The one thing I found surprising is that there never was a true confrontation between McCarthy and Murrow. My understanding was that Murrow’s broadcast somehow brought McCarthy low, but from this account, it seems as if it was more of a first step.

  2. Dave says:

    As for the film itself, I found it to be a solid historical document, if not necessarily a compelling narrative. It’s a part of our past that people ought to know about.

    Which I guess it did, in that events took place within the movie. My problem with it was that it was merely a narrative of these events. Since I already knew about the McCarthy hearings, I knew what was going on, what was at stake, and how far out of control it got. Had I not known these things, from other sources, I’m not sure I would have gotten any of it from this movie. And I certainly didn’t get from this any insight into Murrow — who he was, why he did what he did, and so forth. I just didn’t feel like anything really happened here except a description of some events that took place during this era. I was expecting a lot more. Though, it was gorgeous to look at.