The Chan Centre Connects Series: Good Night, and Good Luck

USA/France/Great Britain/Japan 2005. Dir: George Clooney. 93 min. Blu-ray Disc

Presented by The Chan Centre Connects Series and The Cinematheque

It’s 1953, and the piece of talking furniture called television is still a novelty in American living rooms. On it, Sen. Joseph McCarthy is using fear, falsehoods, and belligerence to become, arguably, the most powerful man in the land (sound familiar?). Respected newsman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn), the principled “face of television,” has had his fill of McCarthy’s tactics and decides to fight back, mapping out his strategy with producer and confidant Fred Friendly (George Clooney, who also directs). A mass medium and a nation are going to change in the process — while on the air. A deft ensemble cast plays staff members in the bustling CBS newsroom, while the real-life McCarthy is also in the mix, via archival footage cut into the drama. The film’s soundtrack is performed entirely by Dianne Reeves (with a small jazz ensemble), and won the 2006 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. “An electrifying movie event” (Rolling Stone).


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This special screening is presented in conjunction with Dianne Reeves’s performance at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00 pm.

The Chan Centre Connects Series presents outreach activities related to visiting artists performing in the annual concert season at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. For more information on these events, please visit