MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#40 of 48) – Network (1976) – Encore Review


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #40 of the 48.

Let’s continue with…

 

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this on cable in the 90’s and was enthralled by both the performances and the way that the story unfolds. On subsequent views, I’ve enjoyed it even more because it seem somewhat prophetic as to how the networks deal with sensationalistic and reality TV ever since.

“[about Diana] I’m not sure she’s capable of any real feelings. She’s television generation. She learned life from Bugs Bunny.” – Max Schumacher

Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (Sometime in the early 90’s, 5 Nov 2013 and 25 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After a news anchor breaks down on live TV, the Network executives try to find ways to make his rating ht continue despite the controversy.

My Take on it – Amazing story that resonates even better today than it did when it came out 45 ears ago. The cats is spectacular with Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Beatrice Straight, Robert Duvall and Ned Beatty all given amazing and powerful performances. The story is expertly written by Paddy Chayevsky and keeps things so focused the entire way through. The film’s adage that networks only care about the ratings is shown in a very profound way which helps keep things so engaging and fascinating to watch as the story progresses. This film was deservingly nominated for 10 Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Director), yet only managed to win 4 (Actor (Finch), Actress (Dunaway), Supporting Actress (Straight) and Original Screenplay (Chayevsky).  Sidney Lumet does an exquisite job directing this film and manages to keep things flowing in such a way that the story fees so much more realistic in the way that it all plays out here. Still shocked that this film lost Best Picture to Rocky (1976) that year because this is so much more powerful a story to watch unfold. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Reality TV was inspired by some of the scenes and theme from this film. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Beatrice Straight is only on-screen for five minutes and two seconds. Hers was the briefest performance ever to win an Oscar. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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