July 07, 2008
Network came out in 1976 (the year of my birth) and was nominated for a slew of Oscars, including Best Picture. It won Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
It's a very dark, cynical film that is amazingly prophetic. It features a downtrodden TV Network which takes advantage of the fact that one of its news anchors has a mental breakdown. When he promises to commit suicide on screen, the ratings soar. So instead of firing him as planned, they give him his own show, and he becomes the biggest sensation around.
Featuring an outstanding performance by the amazing Faye Dunaway as the unscrupulous programming executive, this film perfectly predicts the current state of TV, where news is not really news but entertainment, and people's private lives, pains, and trainwrecks are everyone's favorite topic of conversation. I really coudn't believe this was filmed 31 years ago, because it so amazingly captures our world today.
Nice little tidbits:
- The famous "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" line comes from this film.
- There is a hilarious part of the film where they give a Black Panther's-like domestic terrorist group their own TV show, to goose ratings. They even get footage of a bank robbery in progress!
4 out of 4 stars.
Posted by jason on July 7, 2008 03:50 AM
When I saw this film in 1986, I was amazed at how relevant it was ten years later. Seems like an awfully sad commentary that it's even more relevant now.
Posted by: Anonymous on July 13, 2008 01:32 AM