Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies

Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies by DAVE ITZKOFF 1250062241 9781250062246
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Dave Itzkoff takes us on an extraordinary journey, and in the process reveals Chayefskys prognosis for TV, a prognosis weve chosen to ignore even as its come true before our eyes.--Forbes

Im mad as hell, and Im not going to take this anymore!

Those words, spoken by an unhinged anchorman named Howard Beale, the mad prophet of the airwaves, took America by storm in 1976, when Network became a sensation. With a superb cast (including Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall) directed by Sidney Lumet, the film won four Oscars and indelibly shaped how we think about corporate and media power.

In Mad As Hell, Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times recounts the surprising and dramatic story of how Network made it to the screen, and of Paddy Chayefsky, the tough, driven, Oscar-winning screenwriter who envisioned a world--outlandish for its time--that is all too real today. Itzkoff vividly re-creates the action behind the camera at a time of swirling cultural turmoil. The result is a riveting account that enriches our appreciation of this prophetic and still-startling film.


Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 308

Publisher: Picador Paper

Publication Date: 2015-03-03

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