“Good Night, and Good Luck,” George Clooney's film depicting how Edward R. Murrow and CBS took on Sen. Joe McCarthy, will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.
David Strathairn plays Murrow as a pillar of straight-shooting integrity. When he decides to unmask McCarthy with a series of broadcasts on his “See it Now” program, he knows he's going out on a dangerous limb.
A powerful man with national hysteria on his side, McCarthy, the junior senator from Wisconsin, shown only in vintage news clips, wasn't hesitant to crush anyone who got in his way.
Clooney, the director, also portrays Murrow's producer, Fred Friendly. The transitional figure in the film is CBS founder William S. Paley, played by Frank Langella as a glowering titan trying not to rock the boat.
The black-and-white film has been nominated for four Golden Globe awards including Best Drama, Best Director (Clooney) and Best Actor (Strathairn); it is expected to receive multiple Academy Award nominations next month.
“Good Night, and Good Luck” may be seen at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. It is rated PG and has a running time of 93 minutes. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.
For details, call (315) 781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free (866) 355-LIVE (5483). Pre-sale tickets may also be purchased on-line at www.TheSmith.org.