When network news anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) loses his mind on the air, his outrageous rants reach viewers at home, boost the ratings and intrigue cutthroat network executives Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) and Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall). Max Schumacher (William Holden) contrasts their avarice as an old-school TV journalist.
Director: Sidney Lumet
STC Genre: Institutionalized (Business)
- “Group” – the Network
- “Choice” – in this genre, it’s always the same: go with the group or by myself. Both Howard and Max make their (opposite) choices, and each of them pays the corresponding price.
- “Sacrifice” – often “death”, in this case literally murder of Howard, and death of relationship for Max
This should be considered a classic of our time made 30 years too early. The television has become a heartless business of emotional drugs feeding its viewers with a daily fix while pumping their brains and money out for the ultimate profit. Who knew that what they fantasized about in mid-70s would actually become reality today?..