The Anchoress recently watched a video of the 1976 film “Network,” written by Paddy Chayefsky. She found the movie’s satire to be strangely prescient, featuring TV networks that would do nearly anything to make a buck, including suck up to terrorists.
I saw the film when it first came out, but I can’t say I remember too much about it except the always-arresting Peter Finch , and Faye Dunaway’s nervous edginess. Maybe I’ll have to rent it again to refresh my memory.
I had developed a mild crush on Peter Finch in his younger incarnation in “The Nun’s Story,” which turns out to have been his favorite movie of the ones he made prior to 1968. And, by the way, doesn’t Finch look just the tiniest bit as though he might have been the somewhat glum father of the smilier Tony Blair? (don’t want to start a rumor, but…):
After reading the Anchoress’s post, I got curious about Chayefsky, and looked him up. There wasn’t a whole lot of information, but I found this in Wikipedia, indicating that Chayefsky may have not only been prescient, but that he also didn’t shy away from speaking up and speaking out himself:
[Chayefsky] is known for his comments during the 1978 Oscar telecast after Vanessa Redgrave, when she went to accept her award for Best Supporting Actress in Julia, made a controversial speech denouncing extreme elements of Zionism. He made a comment during the program immediately after hers in which he stated that he was upset by her using the event to make an irrelevant political viewpoint during a film award program. He said, “I would like to suggest to Miss Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, does not require a proclamation and a simple ‘Thank you’ would have sufficed.”