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’).
75/100 (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...)
The ills of the corporatisation of not only broadcast news, but the world at large in this scabrous attack on commutable integrity, exploitation and contempt. It's ugly stuff but brilliantly played with crackle and fizz and staged by a Director who knew how to read a script. Perhaps the closet Hollywood has yet come to opera, albeit ranted from a soapbox. Sad to say it's not prescient, just nothing changes.
some self-aware, timeless moments but overall a didactic and grossly inaccurate portrayal of the formulaic and conservative world that is news programming. strong start is compromised by degenerative, escapist subplots and outbursts of terrible overacting. ending could not have been lazier.
This is what a masterpiece looks, sounds, and feels like. Network speaks more today than it did in 1976 and is even funnier given our political reality. Working off Paddy Chayefsky's incredible script, utilizing some of the greatest actors of all time, and in the hands of Sidney Lument, Network is a slam dunk. The satire works so well because the film is so grounded - there is no score, just bleak human reality.