This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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…
instant favorite. fantastic performances & script. everyone was captivating and full of energy, loved the characters. humanity, corruption, television... whats not to love!
As timely as ever, very fitting to today's media world, even though it was made in the 70's. Cold and calculating people, exploitation of personalities for cash and ratings and show business. Could have been made today, only with a bit more nudity :)
This was a bit of a surprise, I have loved every Lumet film I have seen but this one just didn't really do it for me. It's a good film with great acting and a good script. It just didn't really do anything for me on a personal level. I felt no connection to the story and even though the acting was good, I didn't care what happened to any of the characters. The films whole commentary was definitely big at the time, but now it feels outdated.
More relevant now than ever
A great script makes this just as relevant today as it was at the time (perhaps more so since the advent of social media) but in all its haste to deliver its message it somewhat neglects its characters.
As much as I hate the fact that Bobby De Niro lost the Best Actor Oscar that year, I simply love this movie and Peter Finch in it. This movie had big balls. I can't believe how true it rings even after all these years. Howard Beale's monologues still sound as fresh as they were back when the movie was made. The story surrounding the monologues goes exactly against the reductive, non-thinking decision making that Beale so abhors. But that is the curse he is living in, and much of the world. We see we are being fed shit, we hate it for 5 seconds and then go straight back to it.
Confining myself to the movie, back when I…
I disagree with one thing in this film and one thing alone: there are two primal forces of nature: international currency, yes, but also Sidney Lumet.
Why am I even writing about this movie? I don't know what happened at all. I don't know who anyone is or what anyone was doing. I'm exaggerating but holy shit I understood about 20% of the movie. I thought I was enjoying the first half and then it just went to shit. No idea what was going on. Didn't give a shit about anyone. Just wanted to watch Goodfellas. Maybe I'm having a bad day but this was the most confusing movie and the most unfunny comedy I've ever seen. Will rewatch but I can't promise it will be in the near future because I'm so turned off.
Footnote: De Niro was robbed of his Oscar. Finch wasn't even the lead.
Some very clever dialogue and themes capped by a few powerhouse performances from Finch and Dunaway and Holden but felt laboured at certain points
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