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.
Read some of Chayefsky’s notes yourself!
CinemaTyler’s series on the acting in Network:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Did ‘Network’ Predict The Future of Television?
Washington Post Review of “Mad As Hell” by Dave Itzkoff:
Under The Influence: Sidney Lumet and Network:
Cinephilia and Beyond - More resources about Network, Chayevsky and Lumet:
Sideny Lumet on Directing Network:
Paddy Chayefsky: The Agonies of a Screenwriter:
“Notes of a Screenwriter, Mad as Hell”
New York Times Article by Dave Itzkoff:
“Mad as Hell About What?” by Fintan O’Toole:
Paddy Chayefsky quote on art as work:
“Chill LoFi Beat (CLFB) by Divine 神聖な
“valentine” by [ocean jams]



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Gregory Jewell
Gregory Jewell Dia atrás
When TV news started in the US, it had to prove itself in order to be taken seriously because people instead trusted print media. And TV news did manage to prove itself, however imperfectly. But now most of it is just a joke that's barely worth even commenting on.
unsheepled 21 dia atrás
I can no longer watch teLIEvision, even the short clips here make me SICK to my stomach. Prpaganda and sheepledumbing... HURL
shavon jordan
shavon jordan Mês atrás
I wish this video was much Longer...Great breakdown!
Eddie Cook
Eddie Cook Mês atrás
This video does not even begin to address the main point of this picture. The point is that corporations on your ass and we need to hold the satanic demons accountable. They’re talking about MSM Selling out for entertainment. Howard Beale tells you exactly who owns your ass in this movie and you should be mad as hell.
Blackpilloverdose Mês atrás
His speech is badass "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 TVs 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! I don't want you to protest, I don't want you to riot, I don't want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad! [shouting] You've got to say: 'I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!' So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell: 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!...You've got to say: I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! "
Psikolog Hasan Arslan
I love your content. Can you recommend some books related to your content?
mrvvinston Mês atrás
fascist reich wingers that keep falling for blatantly obvious lies and reactionary bullshit with their _"aLtErNaTiVe FaCtS"_ is big reason as to why things don't change (same for centrist milquetoast liberals as well)
MONSTER HOUSE TV 2 meses atrás
Can anybody tell me who made that instrumental in this vid?
Hyacinth Niemann
Hyacinth Niemann 2 meses atrás
Never forget that Diana was a Baby Boomer and that the critique of their relationship to television as a medium was really on point.
Grace Rivard
Grace Rivard 2 meses atrás
They reacted the same way when Richard Jewel came out
thegovernment0usa 2 meses atrás
1. The two white cards after 3:15 both made me laugh out loud because they're excellent satire... albeit they wouldn't have worked in the movie. 2. Holy fuck I loooved watching you dissect [parts of] the path the screenwriter took to arrive at the final project! As a writer who has never and probably will never write anything of substance, this is enthralling.
Christopher Carmickle
Christopher Carmickle 3 meses atrás
Just had something strange happen just before this video played guy comes on and say's in a ad Donald Trump our president just got impeached witch is not true until our senate says so. Dam liberals and Democraps lies and then after video played I'm Mad As Hell And I'm Not Gonna Take This Anymore! Wake Up America 2020 to the republic for the republicans, God Bless People Fighting to get our country back from corruption before it's to late MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN (Vote 2020 for trump and show them the power of people)!
mrvvinston Mês atrás
he was impeached in the house so yes he is impeached, you dipshit partisan reich wingers know fucking nothing. do some *basic fucking research* before you type dumb wrong shit. also if you're voting for trump you're a piece of shit bootlicker for the establishment. go fuck yourself.
peterpaints 3 meses atrás
The problem with the script is the love story. Diana has to sit there saying nothing when Max denounces her, unable to fire back. She should say that Max has just used her to help him over his midlife crisis.
Nautilus1972 3 meses atrás
Network wasn't a Satire. There is no comedy in Network. It is a polemic.
HeartlessGentleman 4 meses atrás
One of the best take aways is in the last 30 seconds.
Don Duck
Don Duck 5 meses atrás
Based on Christine Chubbuck's on-air suicide at WXLT-TV Sarasota Florida, 1974. Shot herself in the head with a pistol. The crew thought it was a joke.
jonny pepperston
jonny pepperston 6 meses atrás
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 6 meses atrás
" The American People want someone to articulate their rage for them " Donald Trump
Peter Surdo
Peter Surdo 8 meses atrás
Brilliant then and even more now.
ThePepgirl1234 8 meses atrás
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 8 meses atrás
Dude... you think THIS movie was prophetic? Look at Mike Judge's "Idiocracy"!
Roy Phillips
Roy Phillips 2 meses atrás
I think "A Face In The Crowd", which came out before both films, was ahead of the game.
Ray Last
Ray Last 8 meses atrás
Corporations did declare war on Chile. Basically
Jeremy The Conqueror
Jeremy The Conqueror 9 meses atrás
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 9 meses atrás
I honestly feel that this film isn’t discussed as much as other classics because the truth hurts
El Nugget Show
El Nugget Show 9 meses atrás
Fantastic :)
Luísa Bortoli
Luísa Bortoli 8 meses atrás
I think you might like this too:
Kevin Healey
Kevin Healey 9 meses atrás
If one were to marry a woman like Diana Christenson, it would be a disaster if someone like that would have children.
2012XF3 9 meses atrás
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 9 meses atrás
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 10 meses atrás
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 10 meses atrás
I would say it was generation gap. Time change the idea of right is change.
IanBetween 11 meses atrás
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 11 meses atrás
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 11 meses atrás
binge worthy
rightthinkandlove 11 meses atrás
i like u buddy
Bacopa68 Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
ckaz007 Anos atrás
A great movie from a great screenwriter, which predicted reality tv.
EnergeticWaves Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
LILProductions Anos atrás
weareallbronies weareallbronies
ZippoBoy ShaneShank
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 Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
Saw it in a theatre with Bryan Cranston and it was brilliant
Ian T
Ian T Anos atrás
Armando León
Armando León Anos atrás
This movie has the best movie screenplay ever written in my opinion. Brilliant analysis and amazing video overall!
Carlos Roo
Carlos Roo Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
this helped my current work THANK you
Vilesentry Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
they used Israeli and american weapons(Uzi and a Revolver) to silence the protagonist in the movie :3
Ryan Czech
Ryan Czech Anos atrás
Very interesting analysis, though it only whet my appetite on the broad topic of satire itself!
fragr33f Anos atrás
I think this movie is one of the least talked about, but most relevant for our time.
Jmason247 7 meses atrás
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 Anos atrás
i'd argue that art is also work. i'd also say that writting *is* art
Kosta Jovanovic
Kosta Jovanovic Anos atrás
Learn your history, Chile wasn't chosen randomly
Ross Jennings
Ross Jennings Anos atrás
Have you ever done a video on P.T. Anderson writing?
joe Anos atrás
It's all subjective, bad writing doesn't exist.
Thucydides Anos atrás
I'll send my scripts to you then
joe Anos atrás
I'm mimicking him.
Kosta Jovanovic
Kosta Jovanovic Anos atrás
joshuad31 Anos atrás
wow wow wow. This is really so good.
George Lewycky
George Lewycky Anos atrás
It's coming to Broadway. I can't wait
grim Anos atrás
great video!! what do you use to tone down your S sounds?
Backyard Stranger
Backyard Stranger Anos atrás
Classic of it's time... Sydney did it had to be.
andybaldman Anos atrás
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).
CommanderHuggins Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
whats the background music?
WakaJoekoe Anos atrás
Einhorn is Finkle
Einhorn is Finkle Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
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
Adithya Prakash Anos atrás
My first video Subbed :)
camalienator Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
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
Kosta Jovanovic Anos atrás
Adam Benwadr
Adam Benwadr Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
Would love to see you do a video on Infinity War.
jordel2010 Anos atrás
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 Anos atrás
I love your videos! please do what writers should learn from shape of water
Patrik Anos atrás
I have a slight different take on the romance. What I like about Network it's shows how Max (the disillusioned cynic) is in bed with Diana. They are basically part of the same sick dynamic. Max doesn't show the alternative - a positive, empowering, uplifting, enligthened view of people and the world to counter the corrupting influences - he uses the corruption to affirm his own cynicism - he needs her. Ideologically they are more similar than different, they believe life is rotten but she chooses to embrace and exploit it, and he whines about it... you see the same dynamic play out today with Trump, ironic funny newscasters, etc.
Connor Halleck
Connor Halleck Anos atrás
Best video yet
There Were No Other Names Left
I'm still waiting for that Witcher video though...
Ryan Carless
Ryan Carless Anos atrás
Great video. I really didn't expect this movie to be so good!👍
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