NMPSPE Film Festival, Day XI: I’m Mad as PARCC and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore!

You Festival-goers knew we would, eventually, get to Howard Beale.

Director Sydney Lumet and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky don’t get everything right in “Network” (1976).  The “romance” between elderly William Holden and far from elderly Faye Dunaway just doesn’t work.  One could argue the revolutionaries based on Angela Davis and Symbionese Liberation Army are too cartoonish.  But man, does “Network” get TV news and our current reality show reality right.  Dead-on.

And nothing and nobody has ever been righter than Howard Beale.  Let me just get out of Howard’s way and ask that everyone who doesn’t read Burque Babble watch this clip in its entirety. Those that do are probably already shouting from their windows…

 

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