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How cinema views television

by Critical Commons Manager

The mise en abyme structure of Sidney Lumet's cinematic rant against television allows the Hollywood film industry to ventriloquize a critique that could just as easily be directed at the corporate conglomeration of the film industry. This scene cleverly distinguishes between "live" TV audiences and remote ones, even as the film's own distribution was destined for movie theaters in which audiences have a conflicted relation to the images and messages on screen.

A condemnation of television by television on film

TV personality Howard Beale rants against the stupidity of TV viewers and the corruption of television and corporate America

from Network (1976)
Creator: Sidney Lumet
Distributor: MGM Home Video
Posted by Critical Commons Manager