Remarkable in that Redford has managed to take such a potentially fascinating story and leech all possible energy and humor and just plain life out of it -- all that remains is a ponderous leaden elephantine bore of a film.
I feel that the film isn't giving it's full potential and that's because there's two fundamental things missing from Quiz Show, an actual film score that's memorable and fast editing. The film is great, everything from casting, subject matter and directing is great but it hits mediocre and never leaves and I found myself constantly looking at the time because Redford has directed his actors to be a dry as possible.
As talented as he is in front of the camera Robert Redford is infinitely more talented behind it. With "Quiz Show" Redford manages to create an incredibly engrossing and compelling film. This film has an incredible cast with both Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro giving memorable performances. The real treat for me was seeing Martin Scorsese pop up in a supporting role!
A fairy hefty moral allegory stretched from a small instance of American self-sabotage via daddy issues - so, kind of like a John Cheever story!
Engaging, but would have been sharper with a bit of trimming of some of the investigative montages.
Lo mejor de "Quiz show" no tiene nada que ver con la reivindicación o el lado moralista del filme, sino más bien el lado real y cínico que se asoma al cierre. Es la reflexión sobre las dinámicas del espectáculo y cómo el espectador termina pasando por encima de cualquier discurso judicial o de redención. Es Fiennes aplastado en público, Turturro reclamando a la satanización mediática y la impunidad a los culpables.
Perhaps not as venomous as other films that have taken an insider’s view on the world of television this is nonetheless an entertaining drama, with an excellent screenplay featuring strong performances from a perfect cast. The idea of underhand and unseen medial manipulation may seem a little naïve to a modern audience, but Quiz Show perfectly captures the reactions this caused in the 1950’s. A great film.