Library to Show Film Good Night and Good Luck
The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library will participate in the International September Project. The September Project is "a grassroots effort to encourage events about freedom and democracy in all libraries in all countries during the month of September." The September Project started out four years ago focusing on September 11, but it has evolved to include events during the month of September focusing on issues of freedom and democracy. To that end, the library will have a screening of the film Good Night and Good Luck. Directed by George Clooney, the film tells the story of how journalist Edward R. Murrow, with support from his producer and the CBS news team, took a stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy's exploitation of fear and witch hunts during the 1950s. The screening will take place in the Library's Room 401 at 7:00pm on Thursday September 11, 2008. Dr. Courtney Cullison, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will deliver some opening remarks and help place the film in context for the audience. This event is free and open to the public. Here is a sampling of what the reviews have said about the film:
- Salon.com labels the film as "a story about tough, principled men in a new frontier, forced to make rough choices in situations that aren't always clear-cut."
- Rolling Stone Magazine says that "in ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy."
- And The Austin Chronicle called it " a portrait of how to speak truth to power, journalism’s sacred trust, and a reminder of that obligation."