Howard Beale is an aging TV anchorman for UBS who is fired, effective in two weeks, after his ratings have been steadily deteriorating. He reacts to this by sensationally announcing on live television his intention to commit suicide on air. In doing so, Beale becomes a major TV icon and one of the most valuable assets to the Communications Corporation of America (CCA), the company that is gradually taking control of UBS. As a result he is given his own show as ‘the mad prophet of the air-waves’. He appears live on television every week-day evening to tell the real truth to the people of America. The program is a huge success but Beale uses his power to make startling revelations about CCA, leaving the company executives with a serious problem. —IMDb
Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is one of the most prolific directors of the modern era making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. “Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes,” states Turner Classic Movies. “Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary.”
One of his steady themes during his career has been the “fragility of justice and the police and their corruption,” according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver… read more
Even though I enjoyed the style and theme, I found the film exaggerating in both plot - the sudden madness of Beale - and acting - Diane's enthusiasm. I just didn't buy it. At the end it really touched me though with insightful monologues by Beale and Jensen. Sadly however, it ends with yet another example of exorbitance. It's a nice movie with an interesting, authentic theme, but some stuff just doesn't work for me.
I have a lot of respect for Lumet, for the iconic moments that he's directed, and for his open commentary on filmmaking. Network has some really unique elements---I love the contained aesthetic; the rules somehow only apply to the world of Network, not real life (though 'real life' is a theme). Realizing the heightened melodrama doesn't save the untruthful moments for me. Even in melodrama, I like to feel the truth.
"Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience — 12 Angry
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The cruel and caustic story of Howard Beale, a newscaster who had a breakdown due to the loss of his family, the booze, and all the fallacies he regurgitated to millions of automatous viewers.