I’m A Member of Betty’s Video Club

OK. I have successfully fulfilled all of Betty’s Video Club requirements to become a renter in good standing.

My first selection was “Good Night and Good Luck”, a George Clooney project which recounts Edward R. Morrow and his staff at CBS taking on Joseph McCarthey. Being essentially ignorant of popular culture I had never heard of the film, even though it was nominated for multiple Oscars.

The movie begin and ends with Morrow telling one of those self-congratulatory assemblages of television industry folks that the TV medium was increasingly being transformed into a tool to entertain and placate the population rather than being used to inform the public of important issues and, thus, strengthen the republic. And that was in, like, 1958.

It’s a good movie which accurately tells the story of one of the many important parts of Morrow’s storied career. The film is shot in black and white, I suppose because the film includes lots of black and white news footage from the ‘50s.


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