Post Script: Network
Paddy Chayefsky was always a screenwriter ahead of his time, and Network is his biggest triumph at pushing the buttons of American corporations and engaging with the common people. The film is sadly prophetic, but it is a fantastic blend of fantasy and reality that often gets overlooked.
SPOILER ALERT: CONTAINS EVERY PLOT DETAIL FOR NETWORK THE ENTIRE EPISODE
In this lesson, we look at the many ways Chayefsky utilizes monologues to try and drive specific messages to audiences everywhere. We observe why Network has such staying power, and why it was deemed an unrealistic comedy when first released.
Andreas Babiolakis has a Masters degree in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections management from Ryerson University, as well as a Bachelors degree in Cinema Studies from York University. His favourite times of year are the Criterion Collection flash sales and the annual Toronto International Film Festival.