Network is a rarity in film -- it is just as relevant today as it was when it first came out 38 years ago. The film, starring William Holden, Peter Finch, and Faye Dunaway, won four Academy Awards and changed the way people thought about television, corporate media and power. It was the brainchild of Oscar-winning screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, a man whose genius was matched by his obsession with control.
Mad As Hell, by New York Times culture writer Dave Itzkoff, tells the dramatic and tumultuous story of the making of Network using interviews with the cast and crew, notes from Chayefsky and drafts from the production. Not only does Mad as Hell enrich our appreciation for the film, it also outlines how one person's singular vision can ultimately be his downfall.
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