Saturday, March 12, 2011

Network (1976)


Howard Beale is being fired from his job as the news anchor for a major TV studio and this makes him mad as hell, so he decides to vent out his anger and his opinions inappropriately during the evening news. However, Diana, head of entertainment programming, sees this as an opportunity to shamelessly exploit Howard’s twisted ramblings and work them into a show where he becomes the ‘mad prophet’ of television. This quick, witty satire of both news and business is wonderfully approached by Lumet and peppered with an outstanding cast. It’s funny, it’s nail biting, it’s grim and it’s a spectacle to see a film that was made 35 years ago still be relevant today.

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