Wednesday, February 11, 2009

NETWORK




Movie Name: Network
Year of Release: 1976
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Paddy Chayefsky

Not since the dawn of time has America experienced a man like Howard Beale! Neither do I?

I was completely blown away on watching the movie, Network (1976). A perfect script which i would call as a "HISTORY" or "PROPHECY" in film making, written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet.

This movie depicts the power and influence of television on a country rather than any other communication medium. The cause and effect of the movie suits the current period very well, independent of the time the movie was made. Media was shown as the most cruel among all weapons used to inject any false propaganda into people's mind faster than any other medium.

This is not at all a satirical black comedy or drama like most of them say. Network is more than a movie or a documentary, a reflection or rage of every citizen towards the so called "society" of humanoids. A well crafted play about individuals and their cruel responsibilty against the primal forces of nature.

While every other TV network was trying to increase its ratings for months by broadcasting hell of lies, within one single night a man was on the whole front page of daily newspapers named "Howard Beale", a TV news anchorman who increased his TV network's rating to peaks because of the reason he was yet to be fired due to his lousy ratings.

The movie had given us a modern Nostradamus who predicted that in the near future of the world, there won't be any democracy, any country. The world will be only a college of corporations. All men will share a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock. The world will play only business. Yes, that near future is not far anymore. It is running as the present world.

It describes life as a corrupt comedy, a funny show full of virulent madness. Audience will laugh on looking at themselves like a tragic comedian. The ratings will go up and down week by week in our shows. Everyone will be incarnated by their daily business life. At last life is bullshit. "Bullshit is all the reasons we give for living. And if we can't think up any reasons of our own, we always have the God bullshit."

It is no wonder this movie won four academy awards and four golden globe awards, which don't even have a single soundtrack. Network is nothing but a great script written and played well by the actors whom deserved what they got. Hail Peter Finch who is the only actor to won posthumous award till date, the last but not least legendary performance as Howard Beale. William Holden gave his topnotch of acting as Max Schumacher. And Beatrice Straight appeared on screen just for four minutes to win the best supporting actress, the best and briefest performance. Faye Dunaway's madness in her performance got her the first academy award. After all, a powerful movie written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet with no special genre or prototypes of usual film making. But still i wonder how ROCKY won the best picture award while there were "Network" and "Taxi Driver" in the Oscar nominees list.

Every depressed human having rage on this fucking society whom feel alienated, will go to their windows and stick their heads out and yell "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'" like i yelled when watching this movie.

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