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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…
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…
Network gives me goosebumps with how perfect every aspect of it is. It is so huge in its dramatic scope you often have to laugh. The performances are perfect. Scarily perfect. Everyone. Peter Finch’s mad as hell speech is one of the definitive moments in 70s expression and it still blows me away in 2012. Of everyone though, it’s Bill Holden who secretly steals the show. He’s the wise, wrinkly, aging heart of the movie and he stunningly fits into the role like a glove. His best acting by a long shot. The whole experience is eerie, heartbreakingly honest, and astonishingly well written. I wish sometimes I could have the pleasure of sitting down for a big screen double feature in a 1976 theatre- Network and Taxi Driver. Cynical, blissful 70s film-making.
It’s hard to believe, given our current state of affairs with the evening news being a profit center for the networks (as well a prime instrument for spewing propaganda), but once upon a time the actual news was reported – not one person’s opinion or spinning the content to suit your political agenda – just the news, period.
So, take yourself back to 1976… where Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather told the news and the mighty three networks were of the mindset that they were doing a public service by reporting the news – knowing that the news division was a money loser for the corporations.
OK, so you’ve got that picture in your mind…. And along comes this very…
I can not believe it took me so long to get around to watching this. Network is a brilliant satire, as relevant today as when it was in 1976.
If you haven't seem it yet, like me you'll probably know it from the famous speech that won Peter Finch his posthumous Oscar, but the film is SO much more than that. It (obviously) tackles the politics of how ratings drive network television decisions, but also delves into the idea of how deep thoughts and ideas can be warped into something devoid of their original meaning when they're picked up as catchphrases and turned into an exploitable brand by powerful and corrupt people. It's also the story of a man trying…
In one of the most perfect films ever made, Lumet gives a message that television and corporations are the reality in the modern world.
Deeply, deeply, adult movie. Feels like it should be watched in a suit (or at least a collared shirt). As with all great satires, stings deeply and resonates today.
I'm not sure if this film is making fun of itself.
Network is the kind of film that everyone wants to make. I was in awe the entire time. The films overall biting commentary on the media and to a further extent, our own brainwashed culture was so powerful and delivered so well during the films famous "I'm mad as hell" scene, that it brought me to tears. It is somehow even more relevant today than it was during it's release. I can't recommend this enough, especially to anyone learning the craft
The acting was excellent and I adored the first half. However the second half felt like it was dragging a lot and it wasn't nearly as funny. I also didn't buy Max's whole "oh Diana doesn't have any emotions but i'm still going to leave my wife for her and live with her for 6 months??" and then him acting like he was so much better. Even though he left his wife for a love that clearly wasn't going to work out and despite the fact that he didn't have the strongest journalistic ethics (as Faye pointed out in the beginning). However, despite that rant I think its worth watching for the conversations about journalism that it provokes.
Network is a film that was released the year I was born, and it feels like it could have been released last week. It is the tale of a TV network that is experiencing a massive financial loss, but thanks to a ranting (potentially insane) lead anchor they find that their news show can be popular enough to save the network. It's just frightening how prescient this film is, as we currently live in a time where news shows must become entertainment shows to maintain viewership. We are bombarded with shows that are dark and push the envelope of decency just to grab eyeballs. There are elements of this film that I believe were meant as satire because they took…
I absolutely loved this. A wonderful take down of corporate television.
"But, man, you're never going to get any truth from us. We'll tell you anything you want to hear; we lie like hell"
I honestly don't know where to start. Every aspect about this film is just amazing. I guess I'll lead off with the writing. The script is just unreal, incredible, phenomenal, and whatever other synonyms you wanna throw in. I can't imagine how much research Chayefsky did for it. He was a natural. It's a master class in media, broadcasting operations, news reporting, business models, radicalism, and the ever-changing, ever-growing land of television and how it's affecting society and households worldwide. It's a biting satire that, crazy enough, is more relevant now. Imagine that. It's easy to see why it was ranked #8 in the 101 Greatest Screenplays by the WGA, though I wouldn't have it in my top 10; but…
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