My June’s Blind Spot challenge pick was “Network”, a movie I only knew of because of Faye Dunaway’s Oscar win. Actually because of this photo. I chose it because I really wasn’t in the mood for a heavier movie (the likes of Apocalypse Now and Seven Samurai were waiting for me), and I’m glad I did, it was entertaining.
“Network” is directed by Sidney Lumet and has a great cast that includes Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall. It tells the story of a television network who cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings. It’s a crazy story, but one that would definitely fit into today’s news culture, as well. The need for the sensational and the wild is evergreen, and so are the people willing to create it just for fun….and profit.
One of the things I first noticed and appreciated about the movie was the acting, which was great all around. Although most people might go to the louder, more vocal performances, like Duvall’s, I personally enjoyed William Holden, playing Max Schumacher. A quiet, calm performance, but also strong and emotional. Faye Dunaway was fantastic as the ruthless, no emotional intelligence, programming queen who only knows ratings and market shares, and she definitely deserved her Oscar.
There were some dull moments in the movie, especially when it came to the philosophy behind the storyline, seen during Beale’s speeches and even at the end, during Schumacher and Diana’s discussion. But overall the story is engaging and well directed. A bit too many old white men for my liking, but I guess that was the industry back then.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed “Network”- a fast-paced story and with great acting. Worthy of its Oscar wins (Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay). Definitely catch it on VOD or DVD.
P.S. See the complete list for the 2019 Blind Spot Challenge!