All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
Yes, it's a bit dated now... and sure, some of the satire has been blunted by the fact that even Chayefsky couldn't have predicted the sordid ways network TV would operate, but this is still a potent, magnificent piece of satire. A stone cold, bona-fide classic.
SAW: in Norris Theatre (for 503)
i like to view NIGHTCRAWLER as an unofficial sequel to this
One of the reasons that this is my favorite film is the constant mention of ratings and other similar devices Lumet and Chayefsky employ. When the stern, professional narrator reminds us that this story is only about, like, the sixth most relevant TV show from Febrauary 1975 to January 1976, or whatever, and we see Hackett and Christensen and Jensen and Chaney and Ruddy concern themselves with other things throughout the film... it brings a cold understanding of the scene where assassination is suddenly discussed as an option when Beale becomes too much of "an issue". This film is comparable to Stroszek in that way; it's one of the few films that really nails the ugly "that's just the way…
"We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime."
I can see how this would have been a pretty big deal when it came out. It's a good movie, one that a lot of networks clearly took some business notes from, but it's not as shocking today.
One of the best films ever made!
Brilliant, sharp, intelligent, well-acted, scripted and directed tale of absurdities of the media till these days. A Must MUST SEE.
This was loud and overwritten and unsubtle and very loud.
One of my most egregious omissions in film was avoiding Network until now. It might have been due to its unavailability of DVD/Blu-ray copies in Canberran retail stores. I still haven't seen a single copy on the shelves. I also didn't manage to catch it on TCM throughout the years.
Luckily, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) has elected to do a Peter Finch introspective this month.
I finally had the chance to see this colossally great film on the big screen.
There's no doubt that Paddy Chayefsky intended to write Network as a scathingly satirical piece. That would've been the forefront before it evolved into a telling theme about the wretched inhumanity of profiteering degenerates. His fiercely articulate…
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