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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…
"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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
F*ck me, talk about a lot of shouting.
Only Sybil the Soothsayer could have predicted how prophetic this film would become
Watched for my Media Ethics class. Review coming soon.
3.5 / 5
The absolute #1 no-punches-pulled orgy of cynicism. Everything this film sets its sights on, it tears apart with savage finesse.
You only laugh to keep yourself from crying. And then you cry.
Great film, and more relevant today than it's ever been. Maybe a bit preachy at times, but it hits the nail right on the head, and all the righteous anger and vicious satire is totally effective. Plus it's just a blast to watch....the writing is incredible, and almost every actor gets to let loose with at least one big, intense monologue. Peter Finch is the obvious stand-out, but Faye Dunaway and William Holden are also fantastic, as is everyone really. The ending felt a bit jarring to me at the time, but in retrospect it works pretty well.
The best thing about Network is how true it is. The worst thing about Network is how true it is.
Let's just hope we're not saying the same thing about Mad Max 10 years from now.
WOW. Thank God for Sidney Lumet. If this film were made by literally anyone else it could've easily been reduced to another Sorkin style, "white men yelling" film. I cannot believe the Academy chose Rocky over this.
Also Faye Dunaway is everything in this role and a good portion of the film's success is owed to her.
PS: "You are television incarnate, Diana." is the greatest line in the history of cinema.
Really great film that is super quotable. I thought that it was going to go in a different direction considering, allegedly, it was based on Christine, this girl who shot herself on air.
Either way, really good film. Prophetic even, considering the state of the world these days.
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