The film “Network” (1976)
FINAL PAPER CONTENT INSTRUCTIONS
This assignment is based on Sidney Lumets film, Network (1976).
Students are responsible for locating and watching the film. It is in print on DVD and is widely available on video streaming platforms.
You are to construct your essay based on the following questions and discussion points:
Briefly describe and summarize (in your own words) Mr. Jensens famous forces of nature speech to Howard Beale?
Give an example of how the worldwide corporate and financial domination that Mr. Jensen spoke of continues today. Name a specific company or corporation that owns and controls several media outlets. How much control does that particular company have over its media content?
Briefly summarize Howard Beales turn off your television setturn them off sermon / speech during his first revised newscast.
Did audiences perceive this film as pure satire or fantasy in 1976? How has this film become less of a satire and more of a prophesy about the current state of reality television?
(NOTE: This question will require you to locate original 1976 newspaper and magazine film reviews as well as other relative material to support your answer).
Valid sources for an academic research paper include:
Original film reviews (New York Times, Variety Magazine, Cinema Today).
Books about specific films or directors (filmographies, biographies, and autobiographies).
Interview transcripts (with directors or actorsEx: Hitchcock / Truffaut).
Video and audio interviews (must be cited properly and written transcription-style in your finished essay).
Critical essays by notable film historians (Robert Osbourne, Roger Ebert etc).
Sources that are not valid include:
Personal blogs, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter
Wikipedia or any other facsimile
Product reviews from commercial retail sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.)
IMDB (Internet Movie Database) reviews and plot summaries