Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Network (1976)

Director: Sidney Lumet. Cast: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty. 123 min. Rated R. Drama.

'In 2005, in preparation for what would eventually be a scrapped project for a live television adaptation of this film, George Clooney screened the film for a group of teens and young adults in order to determine their reactions to it. He found, much to his surprise, that none of the young people recognized the film as satire. "I couldn't understand it", Clooney told the Associated Press. Then he "realized that everything Paddy Chayefsky wrote about had happened." '

That IMDb trivia fact is key. You just need to replace the word "television" for "internet" through the entirety of this major Oscar winner, and it would become as relevant today as it was in the 70s (ironically, you don't need to change the title - "Network" works just fine). Re-watch Holden, Dunaway and Duvall in their prime, and how Finch screamed his way 'mad as hell' to the first posthumous Oscar ever awarded. Then come to understand how every generation has their own media horror.

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