Thought-Provoking Movies: Network (1976)

Thanks, David :-)

Have a nice weekend, people, and remember to switch off your televisions and keep your mind awake!

Media madness reigns supreme in screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky’s scathing satire about the uses and abuses of network television. But while Chayefsky’s and director Sidney Lumet’s take on television may seem quaint in the age of “reality TV” and Jerry Springer’s talk-show fisticuffs, it’s every bit as potent now as it was when the film was released in 1976. And because Chayefsky was one of the greatest of all dramatists, his Oscar-winning script about the ratings frenzy at the cost of cultural integrity is a showcase for powerhouse acting by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight (who each won Oscars), and Oscar nominee William Holden in one of his finest roles. Finch plays a veteran network anchorman who’s been fired because of low ratings. His character’s response is to announce he’ll kill himself on live television two weeks hence. What follows, along with skyrocketing ratings, is the anchorman’s descent into insanity, during which he fervently rages against the medium that made him a celebrity. Dunaway plays the frigid, ratings-obsessed producer who pursues success with cold-blooded zeal; Holden is the married executive who tries to thaw her out during his own seething midlife crisis. Through it all, Chayefsky (via Finch) urges the viewer to repeat the now-famous mantra “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” to reclaim our humanity from the medium that threatens to steal it away.

Watch the following two clips from the movie ‘Network':

Clip 1

Clip 2

IMDB Reviews of ‘Network': http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/

Watch full movie online now: http://stagevu.com/video/aaiinugwzofr

4 Comments

  1. David Powell says:

    Excellent CLASSIC post Jason!!! TRUTH INDEED and how prophetic esp. given our current circumstances!!!

    “Any person seasoned with a just sense of the imperfections of natural reason, will fly to revealed truth with the greatest avidity.”
    David Hume

  2. What a great movie! It seemed so far-fetched and outrageous when it first came out, but now I think the reality has surpassed the fiction.

  3. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi David & NP, Yes, this is a great and most prophetic movie. Although it is suppose to be done in satire there is a serious message behind its plot regarding the use of propaganda by the media so to brainwash the masses.

    Have you also noticed that the TV stations are not too quick to show this movie as opposed to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which is shown almost 50 times in a year. I had to download Network movie from the internet for me being to see it.

    Reminds me of that series ‘Roots’ about African Slavery which is somehow conspicuous by its absence despite its huge significance in American and British history – I wonder why?

  4. David Powell says:

    YES indeed Jason…The enemies of TRUTH make it so easy for us to pick the low hanging fruits…WEEEEEE….This is also prophetic in it’s originality from a long gone beatnik of the first degree….LOL American YOUTH are awakening us old farts UP guilty of apathy and passing on nothing but misery. ARISE from our SLUMBERS!!!! WE WILL WIN. All we need to do is listen to our kids who see it all from the front row and are pissed off at what messes we have gotten them into. They ain’t all sleeping on an iphone or lost in global translation of Family Guy translations. THESE KIDS ARE SHOWING US that “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE to those that would try” (Alexander the Great plug)…. Keep em coming. LOVE IT!!!

    This from a LEGEND of the FARTHEST SIDE….LOL

    Followers of obsolete unthinkable trades, doodling in Etruscan, addicts of drugs not yet synthesized, black marketeers of World War II, excisors of telepatic sensitivity, osteopaths of the spirit, investigators of infractions denounced by bland paranoid chess players, servers of fragmentary warrents taken down in hebephrenic shorthand charging unspeakable mutilations of the spirit, officials of unconstituted police states, brokers of exquisite dreams and nostalgias tested on the sensitized cells of junk sickness and bartered for raw materials of the will, drinkers of the Heavy Fluid sealed in translucent amber of dreams.
    William S. Burroughs (from Naked Lunch)