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The film begins in a slow and graceful mood, a relaxing feeling is placed upon the viewer as they become a guest of an upscale dinner party. We are gleeful, stress free, and blissfully ignorant… that is until Edward R. Murrow enters the room. The camera slyly shows Murrow behind the curtain, smoking a cigarette before his speech. He takes one last inhale as a regular man and exhales as the eloquent TV legend. Murrow’s speech sets the mood for the rest of the film, he is here to do his best to examine and deliver the truth, no matter whom it hurts and whom it benefits.

The film is delivered in a shaky and disorganized manner, which gives us a realistic, chaotic and unrehearsed look into this time in history… much like the spontaneity we encounter in our daily lives. That is, until “See it Now” begins. Here we get a glimpse at the man the nation knew… smooth, cool, and confident.

When the show begins, the cameras, as well as the characters, become smooth, subtle, and flawless. These men are at their best when the cameras are rolling, and this movie reiterates this. Moments before the episode that begins it all, Murrow turns to Fred Friendly and says, “It occurs to me, we might not get away with this one.” Murrow shows his doubt and uncertainty only seconds before he goes on air, but as soon as the cameras roll, he is completely collected and confident… as he would always have the nation believe.

Silence also plays a powerful role in this film…whether it be in an office, in the newsroom, or on an elevator. Silence becomes a powerful entity, and almost its own character. These men are strong and commanding when they are speaking, but when silence takes over, they posses doubt and skepticism just like the rest of us.

Another prevailing theme in this movie is the use of archival footage used throughout to provide us with a basis in reality and the ability to see the lives most directly impacted by McCarthy’s harmful attacks.

The film leaves us with a much different tone than it greeted us. It leavs us with a powerful and eloquent speech trailed by silence… a silence that calls us to reflect and examine the final thoughts expressed by Murrow. He reminds us that we should not become despondent and apathetic, but we should fight for what we believe and remain true to ourselves and others

In a time of fear, uncertainty, and opposition, Murrow and his team at CBS had the courage to stand up for what they felt was right, even if it meant jobs and revenue lost. With global connection readily at our fingertips, we have the opportunity to speak against injustices and oppressions now more than ever. In a time when our televisions beam images of scripted murders and “reality” drama, perhaps now is as good a time as any to follow the words and the hopes of Mr. Edward R. Murrow, “if this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck.”

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