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Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:07 AM

I finally saw the film Network (1976).

On one hand it's a fascinating time capsule of what the pre-cable/internet TV news era was like. On the other hand, it's a frighteningly prescient and accurate depiction of a media landscape degenerating into cheap sensationalism, "infotainment" and profit-driven, morally-free consumerism. And it's an embarrassment of riches in terms of writing and acting. It's usually the "I'm mad as hell" monologue that gets highlighted in clip parades, but there's so much, much more.
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Reply I finally saw the film Network (1976). (Original post)
ChicagoRonin Aug 2019 OP
still_one Aug 2019 #1
CatMor Aug 2019 #2
still_one Aug 2019 #5
CincyDem Aug 2019 #3
dalton99a Aug 2019 #4
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2019 #6
lagomorph777 Aug 2019 #7
BeyondGeography Aug 2019 #8

Response to ChicagoRonin (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:10 AM

1. paddy chayefsky was a genus, and saw this coming long before anyone else

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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:14 AM

2. He was also right on with The Hospital ...

both movies are genius.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:17 AM

5. Yes

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Response to ChicagoRonin (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:16 AM

3. Such an incredible film

Oscars to Paddy Chayefsky, Faye Dunnaway, Peter Finch (posthumous), and Beatrice Straight (who was on screen for about 5 minutes IIRC).
Nominations to Beaty (who was for all practical purposes only in this scene), William Holden, Lumet...


Just amazing and so predictive.

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Response to ChicagoRonin (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:16 AM

4. "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore"

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Response to ChicagoRonin (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:19 AM

6. amazing film - I saw it for the first time a few months ago. Chilling.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:22 AM

7. Same here. Chilling and hilarious at the same time.

The scene where they're negotiating with terrorists for the TV rights was side-splitting.

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Response to ChicagoRonin (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:33 AM

8. Timeless film, heroic performance by Finch

Nothing short of a great contribution to humanity.

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