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Directed by Sidney Lumet.
When a news anchorman threatens to kill himself on air the corporate bodies find every way they can to exploit his rantings for ratings.
It’s amazing to think that in the course of nearly 40 years, despite all the advances we have made in the world, not a lot really changes. And one watch of Network, Sidney Lumet’s 1976 satirical drama about corporate greed in the face of human tragedy, is enough to convince you that the goalposts may move and people may come and go but the almighty dollar is still king.
You only have to watch a Saturday evening of prime time television here in the UK to see that the situations and people depicted in Network aren’t that far-fetched, with »
- Gary Collinson
In the cynical age of the Internet we’ve grown to understand how the news works and how the networks manipulate information into a form that will try to persuade the people watching just what the truth is (in a totally biased way of course). If you’ve not worked it out yet, then maybe you need to take a few notes from Arrow Academy’s latest release, Sidney Lumet’s Network.
When Howard Beale (Peter Finch) the news anchor for the Ubs Television Network finds he is losing his job because he no longer pulls in the ratings he announces live on television he will commit suicide live on television next week. Causing controversy the network give him another chance, only to lead him to yet another rant to the audience. »
- Paul Metcalf
2 items from 2015
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