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Submitted by Marcus on Sat, 2006-03-04 22:42

I just saw the film.

I really liked it, and discovered Ed Murrow for the first time.

I have no idea how historically accurate it is, but it portrayed a heroic defence of liberty and was a great film.


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Thanks for the comments.

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Even if it did exagarrate the situation somewhat, it was a great "heroic" movie.

What I know for sure, is that the movie shows the actual footage of McCarthy speaking at CBS, denouncing Murrow as a communist.

Even if Murrow was not the first news-man to take on McCarthy, that scathing attack on TV (and Murrow's rebuttal of it) was surely quite a big thing at the time.

Anyone that wants see a trailer of it - check out the website:

http://wip.warnerbros.com/good...

The Docu-Drama

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I haven't seen it Marcus but is this one of those Docu-Drama deals that is currently all the rage in Hollywood? I enjoyed "Ray" because Jamie Foxx was so good and because I like Ray Charles. But it was not art. It was just a couple of hours listening to covers of Ray Charles tunes.

Other docu-dramas like "The Aviator" and "Beyond the Sea: The Bobby Darin Story" just plain pissed me off because I had figured out the gimmick by then. If we want to create a work of art then the worst possible way to do it is to show it as a real person's life. If you want to know about Ray Charles then get his music, read biographies or watch a documentary. If you want a work of art...that's something else completely. Art is not intended as an historical account. The two things should never mix unless the historical element is used as background.

They come to corrupt from all angles.

I haven't seen the movie,

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I haven't seen the movie, but apparently the answer to your question about how accurate it is, is: not very.

The biggest complaint seems to be that, while McCarthy had his fans, no one of political, media or intellectual importance could stand him, and speaking out against him took no courage at all; the second-biggest is that Murrow was one of the last to jump onto the anti-McCarthy bandwagon, so the first complaint goes double in his case. The February 27 National Review goes into more detail. Movies are not a good way to learn history. They weren't when John Wayne was fighting Indians and Japs (not my coinage), and they aren't today.

(Footnote: Marlene Dietrich, who was in a position [if you'll pardon the expression] to know, is quoted as having said "he even smoked when he was doing THAT.")

Peter

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