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A great reminder,
This review is from: Good Night and Good Luck [DVD] (DVD)
It's not often I recommend a film for illuminating current political discourse but "Good Night, and Good Luck" is one of those that puts the civil liberties case well.
The feature shows the story of journalist Ed Murrow (Strathairn) who, in the 50s, used the medium of television to openly question the direction Senator Joe McCarthy (using the original recordings) was taking America. He highlighted cases and used McCarthy's own words against him.
The film was made in black & white. It consists of the production discussions of the items on the issue in question and reconstructions of the broadcasts. Being Murrow's story, he is in virtually every scene. If you want to compare it to any other movie -- the closest I can think of is The Insider.
The film serves two purposes: to illuminate part of American history and, in light of current events, to remind people about the safeguards of the Constitution (and the issues around the news gathering in the US). If you liked The Insider, and/or are interested in either McCarthy and/or Civil Liberties issues, then give this a try.