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:


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