A video excerpt from the 1976 movie ‘Network’, directed by Sidney Lumet, with actors Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall.
A four Academy Awards winner, ‘Network’ was called a satirical movie, yet as we observe the world in 2015, almost four decades (!) on, it continues to be electrifying and intense and much of humanity is living in this ‘satire’ right now.
When Beale, the longtime anchor of the fictional UBS Evening News finds out he will be fired because of declining ratings, he announces on live television that he would commit suicide on one of the next broadcasts. He gets fired straight away but a friend intervenes for him to have a dignified farewell. Beale promises to apologize on air for his outburst but once let back on air, he starts ranting about the present state of society and economy. Unexpectedly the ratings spike again and the management of UBS decides to exploit Beale’s outrageousness and keep him on. In one impassioned diatribe, Beale galvanizes the nation, persuading his viewers to shout out of their windows,
I’m as mad as hell,
and I’m not going to take this anymore!
In 2000, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2002, it was inducted into the Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame as a film that has “set an enduring standard for U.S. American entertainment.” In 2006, Chayefsky’s script was voted one of the top-ten screenplays by the Writers Guild of America, East. In 2007, the film was 64th among the 100 greatest American films as chosen by the American Film Institute, a ranking slightly higher than the one AFI had given it ten years earlier.