Network (1976) - How To Write Satire

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    Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film, Network, continues to be one of the most relevant films ever made. Today, I take a look at the notes Chayefsky made while writing the film to figure out how Network became Network.
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    Works Cited
    Buy “Mad As Hell: The Making Of Network And The Fateful Vision Of The Angriest Man In Movies,” by Dave Itzkoff.
    Read some of Chayefsky’s notes yourself!
    CinemaTyler’s series on the acting in Network:
    Part 1:
    Part 2:
    Did ‘Network’ Predict The Future of Television?
    Washington Post Review of “Mad As Hell” by Dave Itzkoff:
    Under The Influence: Sidney Lumet and Network:
    Cinephilia and Beyond - More resources about Network, Chayevsky and Lumet:
    Sideny Lumet on Directing Network:
    Paddy Chayefsky: The Agonies of a Screenwriter:
    “Notes of a Screenwriter, Mad as Hell”
    New York Times Article by Dave Itzkoff:
    “Mad as Hell About What?” by Fintan O’Toole:
    Paddy Chayefsky quote on art as work:
    “Chill LoFi Beat (CLFB) by Divine 神聖な
    “valentine” by [ocean jams]
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Comments • 244

  • HeartlessGentleman
    HeartlessGentleman 22 days ago

    One of the best take aways is in the last 30 seconds.

  • Don Duck
    Don Duck Month ago

    Based on Christine Chubbuck's on-air suicide at WXLT-TV Sarasota Florida, 1974. Shot herself in the head with a pistol. The crew thought it was a joke.

  • jonny pepperston
    jonny pepperston 2 months ago

    Satire isn't real

  • Alfredo Salvador Musmeci Fernández

    Love the movie, ahead of its time and with a big set of balls!

  • Nicky L
    Nicky L 2 months ago

    " The American People want someone to articulate their rage for them " Donald Trump

  • Peter Surdo
    Peter Surdo 4 months ago

    Brilliant then and even more now.

  • ThePepgirl1234
    ThePepgirl1234 4 months ago

    I know I’m a year late, but your analysis of this film reminds me of the film Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler is the center of the news but more psychological and thrilling in my case. I didn’t do an analysis of the film.

  • matt brendlen
    matt brendlen 4 months ago

    Dude... you think THIS movie was prophetic? Look at Mike Judge's "Idiocracy"!

  • Ray Last
    Ray Last 4 months ago

    Corporations did declare war on Chile. Basically

  • Jeremy The Conqueror
    Jeremy The Conqueror 4 months ago

    Don't want to bring the comments section for this down to gutter-level, but there's something memorable (at least *I* remember it) about Max and Diana's love scene when even at and during her sexual climax, Diana can't stop talking about television. This was such a powerful scene, indicating borderline career obsession, that I'm surprised it hasn't been ripped-off more often. Say what you like about Chayefsky (ahem, Altered, ahem, States), but he certainly pushes the envelope of originality.

  • CarloisBuriedAlive
    CarloisBuriedAlive 5 months ago

    I honestly feel that this film isn’t discussed as much as other classics because the truth hurts

  • El Nugget Show
    El Nugget Show 5 months ago +1

    Fantastic :)

    • Luísa Bortoli
      Luísa Bortoli 4 months ago

      I think you might like this too:

  • Kevin Healey
    Kevin Healey 5 months ago

    If one were to marry a woman like Diana Christenson, it would be a disaster if someone like that would have children.

  • 2012XF3
    2012XF3 5 months ago

    Its a good movie but its hard to digest, its way too technical and filled with jargon. Not a kind of movie for a repeat.

  • Paul Carkhuff
    Paul Carkhuff 5 months ago

    This movie should be remade with New World Order and 911 conspiracy. Forget the romance. Who has the balls to make that movie? No one thats who.

  • Einhorn is Finkel
    Einhorn is Finkel 6 months ago

    This film shows how television 📺 runs people lives without them even knowing it and it’s still going on in today’s time 🤔 That why this Film will never be remade Wake Up Sheeple!!!!!! Television & Social Media is the greatest Brainwashing Tool on this Generation and a Generation Too Come.

  • ACS Wu
    ACS Wu 6 months ago

    I would say it was generation gap. Time change the idea of right is change.

  • IanBetween
    IanBetween 7 months ago

    I really really really loved this presentation of a writer's process. It's super helpful. Can you do more videos that focus on the behind the scenes process rather than the way the final result looked?

  • Peter Smith
    Peter Smith 7 months ago

    It's now worse than what is portrayed in Network. Citizens have been conditioned into believing everything spewed out by their favorite politicians and news media while rejecting without consideration all opposing opinions because they have been manipulated into credulously accepting the propaganda of the party-centric nationalism.

  • rightthinkandlove
    rightthinkandlove 7 months ago +1

    binge worthy

  • rightthinkandlove
    rightthinkandlove 7 months ago +1

    i like u buddy

  • Bacopa68
    Bacopa68 8 months ago

    I thought the Max-Diana relationship was a weak link in the film. What does Max, a guy on the way out, have to offer Diana? Network is a very good movie, but this relationship subplot was its weak link.

  • Kilravok
    Kilravok 10 months ago

    Not only can any organisation adopt any ideology to serve their profits, also any organisation can become infiltrated and taken over and used by any ideology

  • Dredo
    Dredo 10 months ago


  • ckaz007
    ckaz007 10 months ago

    A great movie from a great screenwriter, which predicted reality tv.

  • EnergeticWaves
    EnergeticWaves 10 months ago

    howard beale spoke the truth in opposition to a news dept head that wanted to keep the news pure, thats' what you said. makes no sense. please explain how the truth is impure.

  • Robert Galletta
    Robert Galletta 10 months ago +1


  • LILProductions
    LILProductions 10 months ago


  • ZippoBoy ShaneShank
    ZippoBoy ShaneShank 10 months ago

    You should totally do an episode about COWBOY BEBOP, now that you've seen it. I think the characters are very well written, and would love to see some analysis.

  • Alexander Grable
    Alexander Grable Year ago

    I love the film as it contains some of the best homegrown American rhetoric - 'I'm as mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore' 'Do you think the Soviet Politburo sits around talking of Lenin, Marx and Revolution? No they sit and discuss the price of gold and oil on the world market'

  • Da Pumaface
    Da Pumaface Year ago

    Saw it in a theatre with Bryan Cranston and it was brilliant

  • Ian T
    Ian T Year ago +1


  • Armando León
    Armando León Year ago

    This movie has the best movie screenplay ever written in my opinion. Brilliant analysis and amazing video overall!

  • Carlos Roo
    Carlos Roo Year ago

    I'm an Artist and I love to make stories and I wanna do Comic Books, so this videos are help me to re-think somethings, so thank you.

  • kyle kelevera
    kyle kelevera Year ago

    so if the Network is satire, stretched as it may be, Anchorman could be tied as a satire of the Network. far-fetched? not as far as you think

  • urban
    urban Year ago

    this helped my current work THANK you

  • Vilesentry
    Vilesentry Year ago +2

    Never thought of this before, but this makes me think of night crawler. Another movie about sensationalized news media that people felt was too extreme or too unrealistic. Makes me wonder how that movie will look in another decade.

  • Naseem Shanboor
    Naseem Shanboor Year ago

    they used Israeli and american weapons(Uzi and a Revolver) to silence the protagonist in the movie :3

  • Ryan Czech
    Ryan Czech Year ago

    Very interesting analysis, though it only whet my appetite on the broad topic of satire itself!

  • fragr33f
    fragr33f Year ago +19

    I think this movie is one of the least talked about, but most relevant for our time.

    • Jmason247
      Jmason247 3 months ago

      fragr33f Absolutely. It’s the best movie I’d never heard of. Genuinely a masterpiece that doesn’t get talked about nearly as much as others. Made in 1976!

  • Joel Rivera
    Joel Rivera Year ago

    i'd argue that art is also work. i'd also say that writting *is* art

  • Kosta Jovanovic
    Kosta Jovanovic Year ago

    Learn your history, Chile wasn't chosen randomly

  • Ross Jennings
    Ross Jennings Year ago

    Have you ever done a video on P.T. Anderson writing?

  • joe
    joe Year ago

    It's all subjective, bad writing doesn't exist.

  • joshuad31
    joshuad31 Year ago

    wow wow wow. This is really so good.

  • George Lewycky
    George Lewycky Year ago +1

    It's coming to Broadway. I can't wait

  • grim
    grim Year ago

    great video!! what do you use to tone down your S sounds?

  • Backyard Stranger

    Classic of it's time... Sydney did it had to be.

  • andybaldman
    andybaldman Year ago

    There a need for more videos about Network right now (and more people need to know about it), as it's mindblowing how prescient it was, and how accurately it descibes the current times. I assume everyone commenting here has seen it, and if so, show it to two people you know who haven't (and then have them do the same).

  • CommanderHuggins
    CommanderHuggins Year ago

    When writing I’ve frequently had a lot of that same kind of conflict trying to figure out what the hell it is I’m making. It’s nice to see that Im not the only one questioning just about everything I’ve put to paper hehe

  • dalon gardner
    dalon gardner Year ago

    whats the background music?

  • WakaJoekoe
    WakaJoekoe Year ago


  • Einhorn is Finkle
    Einhorn is Finkle Year ago +1

    We're getting off the subject that the movie Network is still happening in today's time we do and act out as what the television tell us to do it's controlling a generation and a generation to come like it said it would we have the tube with us now all the time tablet's and smart phones we dress eat and act like the tube and the people we see on it just like Howard Beal said 🤔 and they always remake movies but they never remade this one I wonder why.

  • Miri W
    Miri W Year ago +1

    I would love to see an analysis of "The Horse Whisperer" as I think it is one of the most underrated movies of all times ;) please :D

  • Adithya Prakash
    Adithya Prakash Year ago

    My first video

    Subbed :)

  • camalienator
    camalienator Year ago

    maybe the corporations can seduce some individuals with corrupted ideas, but not all ideologies are subject to greed...only weak minded individuals

  • Adam Train
    Adam Train Year ago

    God I hate this fucking movie. It would make an interesting essay but it's such a dull film. Endless overly poetic, overly dramatic monologues that take forever to say what they're trying to say.
    The sub-text and the allegory is thought provoking but the movie is so profoundly unentertaining

  • Adam Benwadr
    Adam Benwadr Year ago

    your sub count is way too low for the quality of your videos. subbed yesterday when I saw your series on the hobbit.
    keep up the good work.

  • CJ Meiko
    CJ Meiko Year ago

    So that's where System of a Down got the idea for their epic intro to the song "Sugar." It's still relevant today

  • Ben West
    Ben West Year ago

    Would love to see you do a video on Infinity War.