Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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'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…
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.
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…
This is a film which is beautifully directed by Sidney Lumet, with great cast like William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall and Faye Dunaway. Loved the performance of Peter Finch, who won posthumous Best Actor Oscar Award. Lovely story; wonderful cinematography.
I hadn't watched Sidney Lumet's Network for a long time, and seeing it again I was struck by the freshness and prescience of it. Paddy Chayefsky's writing is superb and the film is filled with great moments between the characters. Deeply cynical and almost quaint in the outrage against corporate control of the media, it's a brilliant film that echoes down through other films. Peter Finch's central performance is magnetic and wounded and reminded me of Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton, which is a riff on similar ideas in a more modern context. I'd forgotten about Ned Beatty's amazing scene as the head of the corporation which reminded me of parts of Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in The Master. But Network first of all is a great film filled with ideas, satire, and it makes you think about the way organizations work, how we interact with media, and how people treat each other. An essential film.
"I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it any more."
This film was annoying as fuck and that narration was the worst narration I have ever heard on a film. I really wanted to like this movie, but it was just a jumbled up mess. Yes it does talk about the way news is used as entertainment and news is getting more and more away from news, but the message gets overtaken by melodrama and black humor that isn't properly executed or tries too hard (which chayefsky always does in his work). Ned Beatty's boardroom speech was really powerful and Peter Finch's performance were probably the best things about this film. Overall, there was too many annoying scenes for me to see the brilliance people see in this movie also the love story between Holden and Dunaway was unnecessary and really stupid. Really overrated film!
I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore.
Nobody wants to hear about the death of democracy and dehumanisation — but Lumet's prescient landmark brings it to us regardless. Absurd, literate, biting satire of the highest order.
Now to piece together a supercut/montage of everyone losing their shit in this movie to send to my friends & family for xmas.
Phenomenal when it positions cutthroat capitalism as a philosophy even more unsettiing than old-fashioned Americana, somewhat troubling when it positions the two as a generational conflict above all, but connects the two throughoutly enough to keep most of my complaints at bay. Somewhat ambivalent as to the role of the masses in the changing landscapte: their chanting of Beale's signature phrase is something straight out of a horror movie, with the lighting-lit apartment buildings filled with a mob-like mentality, but their nearly instanteneous turn against the show when it adopts Jensen's mentality is possibly the only thing the movie grants us that could foster some long-term hope. Beale's role is more nuanced than it seems on a first glance: he's…
Sophisticated. Hilarious. Ridiculous. Network is a hell of a good time. With its commentary on society and the news media and how that plays into a truly absurd story; it's simply brilliant. Although dragging, feeling about 20 minutes longer than it actually was, this film is a wonderful message with incredible performances and superb direction.
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