"It's a big, fat, big-titted hit!"
The ultimate satire. Those that praise this as just a good satire of "tube" culture are missing how rich this movie's message are. It's not just TV; in Chayefsky's world, everybody is trying to convince themselves of their own world beliefs, and lying to themselves about how it's all bullshit; yes, even the guy who called it all bullshit.
Network, to me, is the ultimate analysis of insincerity, and the story is drags you…
Although I didn't enjoy this as much as most people, it's message is just as relevant if not more so today as it was back in 1976.
I get it now, I really do.
One can accuse " Network " to be overacted , over-the-top , dated and stagy ... but the fact is that after almost four decades since it's first release It's just as fresh as ever and probably , has never worked better .
I love how these " Unlikable " scumbag characters are perfectly judge . How easy - and super fun !- it is to follow them every time the movie shifts between it's protagonists . I love how…
Although I don't think I liked it as much as most people, I had a lot of fun with this one. Neatly acted and written, I thought it's ironic look at television, and society overall, was spot on. I was particularly thrilled by William Holden's performance. Anyway, it was a pretty good film, it had me chuckling every once in a while.
Takes itself terribly seriously for a satire. It doesn't help that it's become badly dated, given that network news has been killed cable, and (as predicted) reality TV has made elements like the Mao Tse-Tung Hour more or less real (Moonshiners, Amish Mafia...) and Howard Beale passé (Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann).
A nice satiric look at the news.
>Balance of Elements: 10/10
-Sets & Props: 4/5
If I told you there was a film about greedy television executives who decide to sensationalize the news, turning it into a doldrum of horror and meaningless nothingness for the sake of ratings and mass entertainment, meanwhile openly supporting terrorism and exploiting the mentally ill for the same reasons, would you be surprised to learn that said film is almost forty years old (and not a documentary)? That film is Sidney Lumet's Network, a disturbingly…
Brilliantly directed, keenly written, and acted with nothing but sheer perfection, Sidney Lumet's Network is a sharp television satire that is as relevant now as it was in 1976. Featuring an elegant and funny dark humor, its biggest highlight was probably the set of performances by its impeccable cast led by Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall.
My #10 All Time
Want to see where Sorkin learned it? Watch this. It's even better.
'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'
Howard Beale: I want you to go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."