Thursday, February 7, 2008

Network: A Movie for the 21st Century

Guest author, retired MAD Magazine editor, Al Feldstein brings another subject to our attention -- TV News. As a film producer, I am very familiar with this incredible movie Al spotlights. Rent it if you've never seen it. Even if you have seen it, be sure to got to the link and listen to the speech given by Ned Beatty. WOW!

Al Feldstein writes:

In 1976, a wonderful movie entitled "Network" was released.

"Network" was a 1976 satirical New Hollywood film about a fictional television network, Union Broadcasting System (UBS), and its struggle with poor ratings. It was written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, and stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty and Beatrice Straight. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

In it was a wonderful scene in which Ned Beatty, as a Media executive, loudly berates Peter Finch, as a Network Talking head, from lamenting the state of America and its fading Democracy over the air.

Go to:

...and listen to it...ALL of it...

...and weep for your country.

MAD-ly yours,
Al Feldstein

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