Movie #1: Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Length: 93 minutes
Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
Plot: CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow and producer Fred Friendly take a stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade in the 1950s. Murrow’s broadcasts begin McCarthy’s public and political downhill slide, but the battle inflicts wounds on both sides. The shows begin to alienate advertisers, and as CBS begins to lose profits, Murrow’s boss finds himself caught between the need for integrity in television news and the need for corporate sponsorship.
Discussion Starter Questions:
v Do you agree with how Murrow and Friendly went about their jobs in this film? Explain.
v How do you explain the culture of fear that developed during the McCarthy era? What similarities, if any, do you see in our culture today?
v How do you think our society should respond to people whose values differ from ours? How should we respond as individuals?
v In your opinion, what is the responsibility of the media in our everyday lives? What impact does the media have on our way of thinking?
v What is the power of the spoken word in our world? How is it demonstrated in this film? How have you seen it demonstrated in your own life?
- From the book, Field Guide to Neighborhood Outreach by Group Publishing, 2007.
Note: Last week we featured the outreach idea of having a Movie Night with your neighbors. In the next few weeks, we’ll provide several more tips and movie choice ideas you might like to choose from for your party. Or, you might wish to host several Movie Nights for your neighbors over the course of our long Wisconsin winter in order to incorporate all of these films. Whatever you choose, have fun! – Lisa Jaeger