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FILM SCRIPT Network [1976]

FILM NOTES Chayevsky [mad]

I want you people to get mad –
You don’t have to agonise or
Wait for reformers –
You just have to get mad

Initial mad idea By Paddy Chayefsky.

If you haven’t seen Network, I recommend you watch it.

Network [1976]

Facsimile script 147 pages


* Script for searches – now look for how mad as hell turned out in the script

Script of the Week: Network

–in AFEKT scripts. This about page is worth a read.

The Notes Behind ‘Network’
–Thirty-five years after the release of “Network,” the unpublished notes of the writer Paddy Chayefsky document the angst and animus that he channeled into the film’s Academy Award-winning screenplay.

Read, learn, and absorb this screenwriting gem

From Cinephilia and Beyond.

This post includes Chayefsky notes which can be seen in Notes Behind ‘Network’ and adds a video extract from the film and a 14 min. interview with Chayefsky.

You don’t get a title at the top of each post in Cinephilia, but each http has a title. The side links to lots of other similar posts (check out the Haneke for example) is way down on the left.

Notes of a Screenwriter, Mad as Hell

By Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, 19 May 2011

Anchorman : ‘Mad as Hell,’ by Dave Itzkoff

Reviewed by Rob Lowe, New York Times, 13 Feb 2014

February 15, 2014 Posted by | Network [1976], Sydney Lumet | , , | Leave a comment



“The Past Is a Mist”: Pinter’s Proust

Christopher Richards, Paris Review, 23 Jan 2014

All the Dirty Bits of Marcel Proust, by Harold Pinter

–On stage, the English master of menace and the ponderous Frenchman find a common language in a feat of adaptation

Interesting to learn that a staged reading of Pinter’s Proust Play has been performed. My introduction to the Pinter was the BBC radio adaptation which I wrote about.

Little patch of yellow wall or a single asparagus? : Harold Pinter’s The Proust Screenplay

Little patch of yellow wall or a single asparagus? Harold Pinter’s The Proust Screenplay {2}

Later, having thought a little in general about novel or screenplay, a small post on that with a brief mention of adapting Proust, and a link to the YouTube of the BBC radio adaptation of Proust by Mike Butt.

Novel vs. Screenplay

If all this a bit too heavy or you, a soufflé of silliness and naughtiness from Monty Python:

All England Summarise Proust Competition

February 6, 2014 Posted by | Pinter, Proust | , | Leave a comment

FILM Joe Queenan’s guide to art-house cliches

A basic rule of thumb: if Jean Reno stars in a film, it is not an art-house film. If Penelope Cruz is speaking English on screen, it is not an art-house film. If she is speaking Spanish, it almost certainly is.

Joe Queenan’s guide to art-house cliches

Guardian, 20 Oct 2010

February 2, 2014 Posted by | art-house | | Leave a comment