Before "Talk Radio" there was a movie that used TV media as a tool for sociological observations and beyond. It was not only about everyday habits of the casual viewer, but it also reached behind a curtain - only to present a world without nations, countries or ideology. And it managed to conclude it in self-ironic dark humor where jokes are on entertainers and those who are entertained.
This the second time I watched this movie. In the first viewing, I think NETWORK is a satire to television program & its world. Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, & Robert Duvall did a terrific job in this movie. Together they could showed us the ugly side of television. Then came the second viewing and it more frightened me. Because everything that happened in NETWORK came true. It's some sort of premonition
I came to the film with a lot of expectations, so was bound to be disappointed. It's probably better than my first impressions and deserving of another look. I was not taken by the performances and felt nothing for the characters; nor did I find the satire all that clever.
A deeply disturbing prediction of what is happening behind the scenes at TV stations today. It could be seen as a black satire, but feels more like a real-life drama now. It is full of great dialogue and memorable quotes with some strong acting especially from the men and Beatrice Straight has a fantastic scene. Faye Dunaway is a little overrated here though but gorgeous as always.
The acting, the screenplay, and especially the monologues. This is an important movie for me and my life. It articulates something about the experience of being human in the modern age..something deep in the pit of my stomach, maybe our collective stomach, that is both so easy and so hard to put into language. Well, at least for me. It knows something of at least my experience, my stomach.
“Network” presents a dystopia that wasn’t very far from reality in 1976, neither is it far from reality in 2017. You can add Internet to “Network’s” TV, otherwise the movie’s message is as accurate today as it was back then: the news (and serious search for knowledge) are always in danger of being corrupted by corporate greed and people’s lust for entertainment (and by ruthless governments shouting ‘fake news’).
74/100 (4 yıldızı hak ediyor ama hiç istemeyerek verdim. Çünkü puanların biraz fazla olduğunu düşünüyorum. Filmdeki tv eleştirisi, reyting uğruna yapılanlar ve araya serpiştirilmiş gibi dursa da bence her şeyden iyi olan yaşlı bir adamın aşk hikayesi başarılıydı. Tiyatroya yakın ve diyalogların çok kaliteli olduğu bir filmdi ancak bir çok sıkıntıya sahip maalesef...)