The biography blends film of actual history and re-enactment. McCarthy’s crusade to rid America of communists began with acceptance by the public and the press. As his fame grew he gained the confidence to attack such institutions as the CIA and the army. This over-reach fomented his down-fall, with the help of televised hearings. Commentary by McCarthy’s friends and foes is complemented by that of contemporary public figures. Pay particular attention to McCarthy’s confederate, Roy Cohn.
In this four part summer series, facilitator Jack Brin will bring films about the McCarthy era to show and discuss. The first film will focus on the life of Joseph McCarthy, followed by Edward R. Murrow’s career as depicted in the film Good Night and Good Luck, the Rosenberg spy trial and its aftermath, and finally the Paul Robeson story and a film which features commentary by Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, and Joseph Wershba, among others.