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Posted by Princess Buttercup at on August 07, 2001 at 14:42:47:

In Reply to: Kevin or anyone any thoughts on the flick Network? posted by martinjunewood on August 07, 2001 at 13:44:44:

I don't mean to suddenly become the lurker-cum-"off-topic"-know-it-all, but I just happen to have seen this film recently as well...

I thought it was before it's time- clairvoyant, even. To make it easy, I'll cut and paste my review:

Brilliant. This film touches on all of the major controversies about media's role in a free society- 1) the blurred lines between entertainment and news, 2) the concentration of media and corporate ownership, 3)the irreconcilable relationship between capitalism's demand for profit, and 4) democracy's need for free exchange of information. I showed it to my university "Politics and Media" course and they were stunned to find out that it was produced 25 years ago. The writing is obviously excellent, but the performances by the cast- Finch, Dunaway (for once, seeming to feel comfortable in a role), Holden, Duvall- are also top notch. The whole movie comes together perfectly. It's irreverent and ironic and sardonic in it's wit. Just so many layers of shrewd and valid critique. The last 10 minutes are classic- one of the best endings to a film I've seen in some time. I was, to say the least, very impressed.

I highly recommend that every American with a tv set see this film.


: I just saw Network for the first time and wanted to know anyone elses opinion

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