Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by JD Chase
It just started on TCM... What a brilliant, prescient movie, and like
"a face in the crowd", way ahead of it's time... Faye Dunaway was
stunning in the role and absolutely deserved her academy award... She
was also superb in "Mommie Dearest", but was even better in "Network"...
I haven't seen NETWORK since it came out. I wonder how it would hold up today...
I'm surprised how well it does hold up. Most of Chayevsky's writing
throughout his career didn't pivot on momentary cultural shifts. So
Network is much bigger an idea than this; it really is about
significant characters and not about their time in culture. I think
much of what Network used as somewhat satirical stuff has come about.
And with a cast like that, it can't help but be good.
I've seen Network about 6 or 8 times over the years and always have a
number of moments or quote stuck in my brain. Beatrice Straight's
relatively small "abandoned wife" speech makes you wonder why she
wasn't better used during her career. There are a number of monologues
built for actor's auditions, Ned Beatty's among them.
To relive a few:
My absolute favorite which I quote chunks of from time to time:
Howard Beale: This is not a psychotic episode. This is a cleansing
moment of clarity. I'm imbued, Max. I'm imbued with some special
spirit. It's not a religious feeling at all. It's a shocking eruption
of great electrical energy. I feel vivid and flashing, as if suddenly
I'd been plugged into some great electromagnetic field. I feel
connected to all living things. To flowers, birds, all the animals of
the world. And even to some great, unseen, living force. What I think
the Hindus call prana. But it's not a breakdown. I've never felt more
orderly in my life. It is a shattering and beautiful sensation. It is
the exalted flow of the space-time continuum, save that it is spaceless
and timeless and... of such loveliness. I feel on the verge of some
great, ultimate truth.
And you will not take me off the air for now or for any other spaceless time!