All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Not since the dawn of time has America experienced a man like Howard Beale!
A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.
"Don't fuck with my distribution costs!"
Much, much funnier than expected. Not only a biting satire (or 'reportage' as Lumet himself preferred, since all but one of the situations depicted had already occurred by the time of filming, according to him), but also an absurdist comedy, made more surreal by the fantastically cascading situations that the characters merely flow with, instead of trying to stop - in that way it is very Strangelove-esque (although a little less reserved in overt satire). Lumet proves again he is an actors' director, and not a single performance disappoints, with personal preference to Ned Beatty's brief, satanic cameo as the network's potential new CEO.
Thanks to the quality of performances, the fact that the…
A hysterical, satirical & critical take on the TV news & show business plus the extent to which it can stoop in its pursuit of higher ratings & profits, Network is a brilliantly crafted, crazily narrated & outrageously performed cinema that makes a biting statement against the undeniable power of television & the effect it can have on the masses.
The story of Network concerns a TV news veteran who's about to lose his job due to the declining ratings of his show & announces on air that he'll commit suicide on the next week's broadcast, which causes a spike in network's ratings. Seeing a potential profit in this, the executives decide to exploit his enraged persona which in the long run affects the fortunes of…
"There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon."
This film is 40 years old, and the above quote rings just as true today as it did back then. It is scary how pertinent this scarily-prescient film still feels today.
I trust your taste here on Letterboxd so much that I'll pop in a film just because one of you recommended it to me. I have no idea how this ended up on my watchlist... it could've been a really great review or maybe someone just told me to watch it. Whatever the reason, you changed my life! THANK YOU!!! Network is an instant favorite, one that had me so riled up I needed a drink to calm me down after. (Okay, that happens a lot, but still…)
I experienced temporary amnesia brought on by cinematic brilliance right after this one, so I don't have a lot to say other than it thrilled and impressed me and I can't wait to watch it again! I bought it on blu-ray right away, so there will be many rewatches to come.
Teaser for my next review: I go in depth about how I think Paddy Chayefsky and Sidney Lumet were time travelers.
I'M AS MAD AS HELL AND....well, let's be honest, I'm probably going to keep on taking it :(
If ever I wanted to put forward a theory that Sidney Lumet was some kind of pre-programmed filmmaking genius automaton then I think Network would be the film that I would use as the centrepiece of the presentation of my evidence.
That's off the back of this, my only viewing as well. Certainly, there is plenty of other evidence that I can use but I think previously that Fail-Safe would have been the centrepiece of my evidence - even despite the fact that it is not my favourite Lumet film. That would be The Offence.
The odd thing is that I would…
The irony shouldn't be lost about a film decrying the state of TV and the fictionalisation of life onscreen controlled by poisonous corporations, released by a multi-million pound company that had dominated the perceptions of cinematic audiences for decades. Why not capitalise on an audaciously critical script and take the financial glory, as the social discussion raised around it will be nothing more than a minor nuisance eventually fading back into silence.
Chayefsky's words still hang over our heads with an icy chill, the pathetic truth of our sheep like existence bellowed in our face. We can smirk in acknowledgement as we understand that the script remains as relevant, perhaps even more so today, as it did then. We can…
"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore".
The famous line you are bound to have heard, even if you have never seen 'Network'. It's been parodied and sampled in all forms.
The line comes from a newsreader who is spiralling out of control with stress and is exploited by a television station in a bid to win the ratings war.
Peter Finch is sublime as Howard Beale, the man with whom the nation of viewers quickly fall in love with after his continued rants on live television. The dialogue is superbly written and its plot is just as relevant today, if not more so. In fact, the film is way ahead of its time…
Watching this sharp-for-its-day satire some four decades after the fact is a difficult job in a time where Glenn Beck has been a thing for many years.
Visionary and on point to this day, one of the best satires about TV news.
The "mad as hell" monologue and thunderstorm aftermath is just sublime.
utterly masterful. thoughts l8er
I can see why this film is so highly regarded, but I just wasn't in the mood for it.
This movie has some of the best acting I've ever seen, and the script is amazing also
After learning he's been fired as anchor of the UBS Evening News, Howard Beale (Peter Finch) stuns his audience by announcing he'll commit suicide on air during next Tuesday's program.
Beale pledges to offer an apology the next evening, but instead launches into a tirade about the current state of America, declaring he's "mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore."
His unrestrained anger is a hit and the show rises to the top, but when he turns his indignation towards the network and a proposed merger with a Saudi conglomerate, he's confronted by company chairman Arthur Jensen (Ned Beatty). The charismatic, delusional Jensen convinces Beale to soften his approach.
However the kinder, gentler Beale's ratings plummet and, to…
A fantastic movie. I always kind of hope that a longstanding member of a given community goes big one last time by criticizing the community (Think, Dr. Dre - Dr. Dre is hip hop. He is 50 years old now and hip hop is a young man's field. I always hope that he would release an album critical, or cynical, or wise about hip hop. I want him to be the Howard Beale of rap.)
What I always forget about this movie is that Beale is not supposed to be a hero denouncing our times. He's just a man who lost his mind, and the movie is criticizing him as well as his network and us, the audience. The fact that we love Beale shows that we are no better than those sitting in his in studio audience. We are as responsible for his death as they are.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!