Clooney Movie on Edward R. Murrow to Open Film Fest

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By: E&P Staff

A film biography of legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow will open the 43rd New York Film Festival on Sept. 23, it was announced today.

The film, titled “Good Night, and Good Luck,” after Murrow’s famous signoff line, stars and was directed by George Clooney, although Murrow is played by David Strathairn. It will open in theaters in October.

Shot in black and white, it depicts CBS newsroom tensions in the 1950’s when Murrow and others, including producer Fred Friendly, stood up to corporate pressures in their battle against Red-hunting Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.

“For his second film, George Clooney has taken on a challenging subject and succeeded brilliantly,” said Richard Pena, chair of the selecton committee. “Shot in beautiful black and white, [the film] superbly captures the look and feel of the era while delivering a stirring story….”

The cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as reporter Joseph Wershba and Frank Langella as the CBS chairman William S. Paley.

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