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A film and a Bash 

One of the surprise movie hits of the fall is Good Night, and Good Luck, George Clooney's meticulous re-creation of Edward R. Murrow's confrontation with anti-Communist hysteria. Despite being shot in black and white and, indeed, its lack of sunshine--the film is set almost entirely inside the hermetic catacombs of a television studio--Clooney's modest film has clearly struck a chord with moviegoers around the country.

Here in the Triangle, Good Night is entering its sixth week in release, which qualifies it as a major art house hit. Even some multiplexes have noticed and are picking up the film to run alongside Harry Potter. Perhaps the response to Good Night demonstrates a yearning for simple acts of courage against the present regime of corruption, warmongering and torture.

As Stephen Gaghan, director of Big Oil thriller Syriana, notes that today in D.C. "the corruption is malodorous. We're all breathing it." Yet the big pushback that is underway is being led not by the Democratic party or Beltway journalists, but by grassroots resistance and by fearless individuals acting out of conscience and professional duty.

Starting Monday, in honor of individual courage displayed by the likes of Patrick Fitzgerald, Ronnie Earle, Cindy Sheehan and John Murtha, and a gentleman named George Clooney who isn't content to be just another pretty face, we're sponsoring screenings of Point of Order, a classic film that first appeared in '64.

Comprised entirely of TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, Point of Order is a gripping and inspiring record of the final blows against McCarthy's reign of terror. The coup de grace was famously delivered by Boston lawyer Joseph Welch when he asked, on national television, "Have you no sense of decency?"

Welch was one of that generation's heroes, and he gives hope to those of us alive today that the present times are a nightmare from which it may be possible to awaken.

Three rare chances to see a 35mm print of Point of Order are Monday, Dec. 12, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, 7 p.m. ($7.25); Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Galaxy Theater in Cary, 7 p.m. ($7); and Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Colony Theater, Raleigh, 7 p.m. ($7). There will be discussions following the films.

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