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SUNDAY SCREENING: The Network (1976)

This week, we switch gears from our weekly documentary cycle for something different. This film is one of the all-time black comedy-drama classics.

“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad!” – Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) – The Network

The following clips pits actors Peter Finch and Ned Beatty against each other in the scene commonly known as “The World is a Corporation.” Watch:

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Run time: 1 hr 49 min
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Paddy Chayefsky
Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch

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