Good Night, and Good Luck


See the Oscar-nominated drama, Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by and starring George Clooney, followed by an onstage discussion with journalist, New York Times bestselling author and University of Arizona School of Journalism graduate, Lynne Olson!

Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals. Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.

“A passionate and rousing piece of filmmaking – a civics lesson with the punch of a good melodrama.” – David Edelstein, NPR

In this timely and highly-relevant dramatization of journalist Edward R. Murrow’s battles with anti-Communist crusader Joseph McCarthy, Oscar-nominated director/star George Clooney creates an entertaining and provocative look at a dark chapter of American history. In the mid-1950’s, broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and his producer, Fred Friendly (Clooney), help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee’s anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program “See It Now,” Murrow challenges Senator Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers.   Despite mounting pressure from CBS’ corporate sponsors to stop their investigation, Murrow and Friendly continue their heroic efforts to halt McCarthy’s destructive and foolhardy campaign. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Strathairn), Good Night, and Good Luck also stars Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Frank Langella and Jeff Daniels. (Dir. by George Clooney, 2005, USA, 93 mins., Rated PG)

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” Her latest book, Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War, was published by Random House in 2017. Born in Hawaii, Olson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a journalist for ten years, first with the Associated Press as a national feature writer in New York, a foreign correspondent in AP’s Moscow bureau, and a political reporter in Washington. She left the AP to join the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House. Olson lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Stanley Cloud, with whom she co-authored two books.