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…
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…
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…
Why do we not have this kind of movie anymore?
Fairly sure that a still from NETWORK is sitting under the definition of ‘prescient’ in the Oxford English Dictionary. Plays well as a prequel to ROLLERBALL too.
This is a strange film to first watch almost forty years after its initial release, namely because our contemporary 24-hour news cycle has almost surpassed the exaggerated extremes that Network presents as satire. As such, much of what the film presents as horrifyingly outlandish now perhaps seems commonplace. The future Network fears has in some ways come to pass (though to be fair, we aren't murdering people for ratings yet).
From the perspective of 1976, the film is a rousing success, an embittered plea decrying the utter power television news has over the lives of Americans. In the context of the Watergate Scandal, the end of the Vietnam War, and growing tensions in the Middle East and beyond, the satire…
“I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”
Welcome to dark side of public network television, for when recently fired ex-anchorman broadcasts live that his going shoot himself, within a weeks’ time. This low rating network decides to use Howard Beale to boot higher ratings and create profits for the channel and showcase violence crime, terrorism and scandals building on this man’s breakdown.
An interesting statement of 70’s broadcast television (that isn’t too far from today’s modern world), great screenplay with striking dialogue, excellent performances from everybody especially the madman himself Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway.
Oh Mr Lou Bloom would be proud!
Fun Fact: A small cameo from Lance Henriksen.
Nearly 40 years on, it’s terrifying to realise just how timely Network remains.
My Full Review: culturefly.co.uk/network-blu-ray-review/
At times Sidney Lumet's Network comes off as the most prescient and smartest film ever written. Of course such view is pretty much only clear from hindsight, and for at least the first half of the film, it lives up to that billing, but even within the context of when it was made, Network stands as one of the best scripts ever put to American film.
A wholly cynical affair, Network is brutal in its stark examination of the television industry and its never ending quest for ratings. What seems passe now (a network more concerned with ratings than ethics? who'd ever believe it!) actually seemed rather groundbreaking back in 1976, and in the afterglow of Watergate, people were willing…
A movie that at the time told a fiction that has become a soul sapping reality in modern society, Network isn’t just a film, it’s a lesson engrained on the moral consciousness that we’re all too ready to ignore. A bona fide masterpiece.
The commentary is spot on and the movie can be funny as hell with all the absurdity but all the damn yelling brings it a star down. I did love everything William Holden did in this and he certainly deserved the Oscar more than Finch. Oy vey...