Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. Part of the inspiration for Chayefsky’s script came from the on-air suicide of television news reporter Christine Chubbuck in Sarasota, Florida two years earlier. The anchorwoman was suffering from depression and battles with her editors, and unable to keep going, she shot herself on camera as stunned viewers watched on July 15, 1974. Chayefsky used the incident to set up his film’s focal point. As he would say later in an interview, “Television will do anything for a rating… anything!”
In a review of the film written after it received its Academy Awards, Roger Ebert called it a “supremely well-acted, intelligent film that tries for too much, that attacks not only television but also most of the other ills of the 1970s,” though “what it does accomplish is done so well, is seen so sharply, is presented so unforgivingly, that Network will outlive a lot of tidier movies.”
Seen a quarter-century later, Ebert added the film to his “Great Movies” list and said the film was “like prophecy. When Chayefsky created Howard Beale, could he have imagined Jerry Springer, Howard Stern, and the World Wrestling Federation?”; he credits Lumet and Chayefsky for knowing “just when to pull out all the stops.” (Wikipedia)
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I am fairly convinced that Red Pandas are not real.
THEY ARE LIKE CHILDREN WITH TAILS
I’m pretty much a hybrid bat-redpanda-cat.
nor is a drowning man ‘interested’ in air.
For one longing for Liberation,
Self-knowledge is not an interest, it’s vital."
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