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Network (DVD)

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With stunning prescience, Sidney Lumet's searing satire of television and the contemporary moment chronicles the media's imminent corruption and the p...

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ProWonderful script, acting, direction and film

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I watched this film the other day and it has immediately become one of my favourite films of all time. In essence its a biting satire on television and the way it was becoming less about education and fun and more about ratings at any cost. The film was made in 1976 but has a stinging resonance...

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ProPowerful, thought provoking, still relevant themat...

ConsSome aspects of the plot may seem distasteful, cou...

- Story - Network depicts how a networked TV channel in New York City decides to cash in on the heavy ratings they get after a news anchor, Howard Beale, learns he's to be fired and lets out an outburst, threatening suicide, while on TV. They decide not to fire Beale but to give him his own...

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Excellent

“The Boredom-Killing Business”

published 01/09/2004

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"He's saying life is bullsh*t... and it is... what's your problem?" One may as well begin with a disclaimer. I'm a Lumet idiot (possibly a general idiot as well, but that's up for debate). Before having Network recommended to me as "typical Lumet" all I had to apply this to was, ironically, the...

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“A Masterpiece”

published 17/10/2009

ProAll performances and excellent script

ConsNone

Made in 1976 and directed by Sidney Lumet, this film has become all the more relevant in the current climate of reality TV and ratings wars. The film tells the story of news broadcaster Howard Beale (Peter Finch) whose ratings have begun to slip and is being fired from the Network. Beale has a...

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Excellent

“Powerful satire”

published 15/07/2000

ProBrilliant screenplay, great acting particularly fr...

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Sidney Lumet's brilliant satire on television is really the work of screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky who along with leads Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway deservedly won an oscar. It deals with the way a huge American TV company will put anything on air to get an audience. This includes Peter Finch's...

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With stunning prescience, Sidney Lumet's searing satire of television and the contemporary moment chronicles the media's imminent corruption and the public's wholesale purchase into the myths that it creates. With a verbose and visceral script from Paddy Chayefsky, NETWORK follows the doomed path of aging newsman Howard Beale (Peter Finch), who upon learning that he is to be fired after decades as a news anchor announces to millions of viewers that he will publicly commit suicide during his last broadcast. When the ratings consequently shoot up, razor-sharp executive in training Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) seizes the moment to exploit Beale's messianic nervous breakdown, turning his delusional exclamatory rage into the vehicle for the network's first number one show and a nationwide craze. Middle-aged and fading news department head Max Schumacher (William Holden) is the only thing that stands in Diana's way--and even then not for long after she casually seduces him and easily has him fired with the help of the savage new head of the network, Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall). The moral and spiritual turpitude delivered by the debilitating forces of television are rendered in sharp relief against a backdrop of crumbling humanity in what is regarded as one of the great satires in Hollywood history.

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