Network (1976) - How To Write Satire

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Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film, Network, continues to be one of the most relevant films ever made. Today, I take a look at the notes Chayefsky made while writing the film to figure out how Network became Network.
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Works Cited
Buy “Mad As Hell: The Making Of Network And The Fateful Vision Of The Angriest Man In Movies,” by Dave Itzkoff. ow.ly/tRkv30jD64M
Read some of Chayefsky’s notes yourself!
CinemaTyler’s series on the acting in Network:
Part 1: usvid.net/video/video-Sjx5L5Po4yI.html
Part 2: usvid.net/video/video-2t585TgSt30.html
Did ‘Network’ Predict The Future of Television? ow.ly/z2s730jD678
Washington Post Review of “Mad As Hell” by Dave Itzkoff: ow.ly/BZ4d30jD693
Under The Influence: Sidney Lumet and Network: ow.ly/ToHo30jD6bc
Cinephilia and Beyond - More resources about Network, Chayevsky and Lumet: ow.ly/g00130jD6cX
Sideny Lumet on Directing Network: usvid.net/video/video-v_gi9iyyQxE.html
Paddy Chayefsky: The Agonies of a Screenwriter: www.unz.com/print/SaturdayRev-1981may-00020/
“Notes of a Screenwriter, Mad as Hell”
New York Times Article by Dave Itzkoff: ow.ly/b6Yk30jD6f2
“Mad as Hell About What?” by Fintan O’Toole: www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/03/08/network-mad-as-hell-about-what/
Paddy Chayefsky quote on art as work: ow.ly/aJwq30jD6gf
“Chill LoFi Beat (CLFB) by Divine 神聖な soundcloud.com/user-499753812/chill-lofi-beat-clfb
“valentine” by [ocean jams] soundcloud.com/oceanjams/valentine


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Apr 23, 2018




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jonny pepperston
jonny pepperston 13 days ago
Satire isn't real
Alfredo Salvador Musmeci Fernández
Love the movie, ahead of its time and with a big set of balls!
Nicky L
Nicky L Month ago
" The American People want someone to articulate their rage for them " Donald Trump
Peter Surdo
Peter Surdo 2 months ago
Brilliant then and even more now.
ThePepgirl1234 2 months ago
I know I’m a year late, but your analysis of this film reminds me of the film Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler is the center of the news but more psychological and thrilling in my case. I didn’t do an analysis of the film.
matt brendlen
matt brendlen 3 months ago
Dude... you think THIS movie was prophetic? Look at Mike Judge's "Idiocracy"!
Ray Last
Ray Last 3 months ago
Corporations did declare war on Chile. Basically
Jeremy The Conqueror
Don't want to bring the comments section for this down to gutter-level, but there's something memorable (at least *I* remember it) about Max and Diana's love scene when even at and during her sexual climax, Diana can't stop talking about television. This was such a powerful scene, indicating borderline career obsession, that I'm surprised it hasn't been ripped-off more often. Say what you like about Chayefsky (ahem, Altered, ahem, States), but he certainly pushes the envelope of originality.
CarloisBuriedAlive 3 months ago
I honestly feel that this film isn’t discussed as much as other classics because the truth hurts
El Nugget Show
El Nugget Show 3 months ago
Fantastic :)
Luísa Bortoli
Luísa Bortoli 2 months ago
I think you might like this too: usvid.net/video/video--kHPA-wQmQ4.html
Kevin Healey
Kevin Healey 3 months ago
If one were to marry a woman like Diana Christenson, it would be a disaster if someone like that would have children.
2012XF3 3 months ago
Its a good movie but its hard to digest, its way too technical and filled with jargon. Not a kind of movie for a repeat.
Paul Carkhuff
Paul Carkhuff 4 months ago
This movie should be remade with New World Order and 911 conspiracy. Forget the romance. Who has the balls to make that movie? No one thats who.
Einhorn is Finkel
Einhorn is Finkel 4 months ago
This film shows how television 📺 runs people lives without them even knowing it and it’s still going on in today’s time 🤔 That why this Film will never be remade Wake Up Sheeple!!!!!! Television & Social Media is the greatest Brainwashing Tool on this Generation and a Generation Too Come.
ACS Wu 5 months ago
I would say it was generation gap. Time change the idea of right is change.
IanBetween 5 months ago
I really really really loved this presentation of a writer's process. It's super helpful. Can you do more videos that focus on the behind the scenes process rather than the way the final result looked?
Peter Smith
Peter Smith 5 months ago
It's now worse than what is portrayed in Network. Citizens have been conditioned into believing everything spewed out by their favorite politicians and news media while rejecting without consideration all opposing opinions because they have been manipulated into credulously accepting the propaganda of the party-centric nationalism.
rightthinkandlove 5 months ago
binge worthy
rightthinkandlove 5 months ago
i like u buddy
Bacopa68 6 months ago
I thought the Max-Diana relationship was a weak link in the film. What does Max, a guy on the way out, have to offer Diana? Network is a very good movie, but this relationship subplot was its weak link.
Kilravok 8 months ago
Not only can any organisation adopt any ideology to serve their profits, also any organisation can become infiltrated and taken over and used by any ideology
Dredo 8 months ago
ckaz007 8 months ago
A great movie from a great screenwriter, which predicted reality tv.
EnergeticWaves 8 months ago
howard beale spoke the truth in opposition to a news dept head that wanted to keep the news pure, thats' what you said. makes no sense. please explain how the truth is impure.
Robert Galletta
Robert Galletta 8 months ago
LILProductions 9 months ago
weareallbronies weareallbronies
ZippoBoy ShaneShank
ZippoBoy ShaneShank 9 months ago
You should totally do an episode about COWBOY BEBOP, now that you've seen it. I think the characters are very well written, and would love to see some analysis.
Alexander Grable
Alexander Grable 10 months ago
I love the film as it contains some of the best homegrown American rhetoric - 'I'm as mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore' 'Do you think the Soviet Politburo sits around talking of Lenin, Marx and Revolution? No they sit and discuss the price of gold and oil on the world market'
Da Pumaface
Da Pumaface 10 months ago
Saw it in a theatre with Bryan Cranston and it was brilliant
Ian T
Ian T 10 months ago
Armando León
Armando León 10 months ago
This movie has the best movie screenplay ever written in my opinion. Brilliant analysis and amazing video overall!
Carlos Roo
Carlos Roo 10 months ago
I'm an Artist and I love to make stories and I wanna do Comic Books, so this videos are help me to re-think somethings, so thank you.
kyle kelevera
kyle kelevera 11 months ago
so if the Network is satire, stretched as it may be, Anchorman could be tied as a satire of the Network. far-fetched? not as far as you think
urban 11 months ago
this helped my current work THANK you
Vilesentry 11 months ago
Never thought of this before, but this makes me think of night crawler. Another movie about sensationalized news media that people felt was too extreme or too unrealistic. Makes me wonder how that movie will look in another decade.
Naseem Shanboor
Naseem Shanboor 11 months ago
they used Israeli and american weapons(Uzi and a Revolver) to silence the protagonist in the movie :3
Ryan Czech
Ryan Czech Year ago
Very interesting analysis, though it only whet my appetite on the broad topic of satire itself!
fragr33f Year ago
I think this movie is one of the least talked about, but most relevant for our time.
Jmason247 Month ago
fragr33f Absolutely. It’s the best movie I’d never heard of. Genuinely a masterpiece that doesn’t get talked about nearly as much as others. Made in 1976!
Joel Rivera
Joel Rivera Year ago
i'd argue that art is also work. i'd also say that writting *is* art
Kosta Jovanovic
Learn your history, Chile wasn't chosen randomly
Ross Jennings
Ross Jennings Year ago
Have you ever done a video on P.T. Anderson writing?
joe Year ago
It's all subjective, bad writing doesn't exist.
Thucydides 6 months ago
I'll send my scripts to you then
joe Year ago
I'm mimicking him.
Kosta Jovanovic
joshuad31 Year ago
wow wow wow. This is really so good.
George Lewycky
It's coming to Broadway. I can't wait
grim Year ago
great video!! what do you use to tone down your S sounds?
Backyard Stranger
Classic of it's time... Sydney did it...so it had to be.
andybaldman Year ago
There a need for more videos about Network right now (and more people need to know about it), as it's mindblowing how prescient it was, and how accurately it descibes the current times. I assume everyone commenting here has seen it, and if so, show it to two people you know who haven't (and then have them do the same).
When writing I’ve frequently had a lot of that same kind of conflict trying to figure out what the hell it is I’m making. It’s nice to see that Im not the only one questioning just about everything I’ve put to paper hehe
dalon gardner
dalon gardner Year ago
whats the background music?
WakaJoekoe Year ago
Einhorn is Finkle
We're getting off the subject that the movie Network is still happening in today's time we do and act out as what the television tell us to do it's controlling a generation and a generation to come like it said it would we have the tube with us now all the time tablet's and smart phones we dress eat and act like the tube and the people we see on it just like Howard Beal said 🤔 and they always remake movies but they never remade this one I wonder why.
Miri W
Miri W Year ago
I would love to see an analysis of "The Horse Whisperer" as I think it is one of the most underrated movies of all times ;) please :D
Adithya Prakash
My first video Subbed :)
camalienator Year ago
maybe the corporations can seduce some individuals with corrupted ideas, but not all ideologies are subject to greed...only weak minded individuals
Adam Train
Adam Train Year ago
God I hate this fucking movie. It would make an interesting essay but it's such a dull film. Endless overly poetic, overly dramatic monologues that take forever to say what they're trying to say. The sub-text and the allegory is thought provoking but the movie is so profoundly unentertaining
Kosta Jovanovic
Adam Benwadr
Adam Benwadr Year ago
your sub count is way too low for the quality of your videos. subbed yesterday when I saw your series on the hobbit. keep up the good work.
CJ Meiko
CJ Meiko Year ago
So that's where System of a Down got the idea for their epic intro to the song "Sugar." It's still relevant today
Ben West
Ben West Year ago
Would love to see you do a video on Infinity War.
jordel2010 Year ago
One of my all time favorite films. I didn't know that Chayefsky had such trouble coming up with the script, so this was quite informative to me. Kudos.
weareallbronies weareallbronies
He definitely earned that oscar
Irene Raptis
Irene Raptis Year ago
I love your videos! please do what writers should learn from shape of water
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