Network newsman Howard Beale is “mad as hell”

Howard Beale, Network, "mad as hell" scene

Howard Beale, Network, “mad as hell” scene

Below is a 2-minute scene from the award-winning 1976 film Network which I thought you might appreciate.  (Try it with the volume all the way up; then up a little more.)

[Network (1976),  written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Peter Finch as news anchor Howard Beale, who won a posthumous Oscar for the role.  121 minutes.  As listed on The Basket of Tolerance by Adi Da Samraj.]

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

Questions for consideration:

  • Is this a joke, a bit of over-the-top entertainment? Is this someone who needs to be locked up in a mental asylum?
  • Or is this character, although a bit out of balance, trying to tell us something about the world we live in?
  • This reminds me of the Reality-Politics essay (from Not-Two Is Peace) which says that we human beings are not actively protecting the truly human nature of our lives, and as a result, we have created the modern-day world.  Do you think this is true?

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  1. paullmajor   Thumb up +2

    What a great scene! We need more of this…

  2. pauline   Thumb up +2

    brilliant! keep it up!

  3. Julie   Thumb up +2

    This is so powerful. This clip forces me to examine reactivity, my own and others’. So much of the time I chide myself when I feel and express reactivity, as if reactivity itself is wrong. This clip helps me look more deeply, to allow the full feeling force of a difficult moment to be felt, to think about what it really means to rightly respond to those moments, to these situations.

    What is right response when we are deeply frustrated, deeply disappointed, when we feel a grave wrong has been done or is about to be done, when harm is about to happen? It would be a great help to me to learn what others think about this.

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