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LONDON — George Clooney made a whirlwind trip to London from Los Angeles for the U.K. premiere of “Good Night, and Good Luck.” The pic about journalist Edward R. Murrow, who stood out against the communist witchhunt in 1950s America, brought the curtain down on the 49th Times London Film Festival.

LFF 2005 proved a great success, with 161 of the 180 screenings selling out.

Introducing the Oscar contender, Clooney said it was now a good time to talk about the powers and responsibilities of the fourth estate, insisting that he made the film “not to preach but to raise the debate.”

Clooney noted that the film was a suitable choice to close the U.K. fest, as it was in 1940s London during the Blitz that Murrow first earned his reputation as a journalist.