Film Series: The Will of the People: Network
“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” – Thomas Jefferson. Gather with the people to watch and discuss films that explore the will of the people, and how it influences our politics and culture. This sampling of great movies touches on a variety of the topics around the subject – from individualism and being a lone voice in the wilderness to the power of the masses. Films followed by guided discussion.
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch.
"(Almost four) decades later, this iconic American New Wave renegade text is even more startling than it once was—was Hollywood ever this cerebral, this caustic, this ethically apocalyptic? That 90 percent of Network's satire has become fulfilled prophecy by now doesn't take the shine off of its broadsword. Reality-show whoredom, death TV, New Globalistic anti-humanism, audience as robotic consumer—it's all here and all still hamburger in the teeth of this movie, written with hissing rage and in huge, thoughtful paragraphs by Paddy Chayefsky and directed with a vivid sense of '70s genuineness by Sidney Lumet. It feels in the watching like a hilarious organic nightmare, but Network is very much a carefully crafted object, its structure brilliantly hidden, its sardonic flourishes made with a wide variety of weapons, its absurdities riding coach with hardcore realism." – Michael Atkinson, villagevoice.com. 121 minutes. Rated R.
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