Masterpiece Films: Network

If you're mad as hell, this classic satire may be just the film for you

Albums are hardly the only art form to be declared masterpieces. How many teachers have said the same about books? Or museums with rare art? Films are no different, which is why we brought in the very wise and very noble Leah Pickett to host our most excellent new video series, Masterpiece Films. So, join us in the luxurious Music Box Lounge, where we discuss the greatest stories to ever hit celluloid.

In 1976, the satirical black comedy, Network, put its own twisted spin on the media. Directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Paddy Chayefsky, the film focuses on anchor Howard Beale who, after broadcasting that he will kill himself live on the air, becomes a television phenomenon known for his wild, over-the-top rants about politics, the government, and capitalism.

The movie went on to win four Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay in 1977. In 2006, the Writers Guild of America voted Chayefsky’s script as one of the 10 greatest screenplays in the history of cinema and the American Film Institute named it the 64th greatest film a year later.

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