All together now: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" That's the famous catchphrase uttered by "mad prophet of the airwaves" Howard Beale in 'Network,' a movie that, in the 35 years since its release (on November 27, 1976), has come to seem less and less like satire and more like a blueprint. There's nothing too far-fetched anymore in screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's vision of a TV industry where newscasting has become indistinguishable from entertainment, where programmers will try pretty much anything for ratings, where reality TV stars will try pretty much anything to grab their 15 minutes of fame, and where the goals of global corporatism override the best interests of the state and the individual. Of course, 'Network's critique applies to the film industry as well; it's hard to imagine today a Hollywood studio that would greenlight a comedy that so brazenly bites the bites the hand that feeds it. Then again, in the age of Occupy Wall Street, there might be some resonance in a movie where citizens across the nation start chanting Beale's bleat. Read on to learn about the horrifying on-air suicide that inspired the legendary movie, the behind-the-scenes buzz on its unprecedented Oscar victories, and its ties to contemporary stars Heath Ledger, Tim Robbins, and George Clooney.
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In this lauded satire, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers that he's being put... Read More