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Four Frames: Network (Sidney Lumet, 1976)

The Union Broadcasting System took a risk when they let a visibly unwell Howard Beale on air. With his frantic demeanour and dishevelled appearance, the anchorman was in no state to present the news. What Beale does instead is denounce the social ills of 1970s America in a monologue that keeps escalating in its hysteria. […]

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Four Frames – Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)

Anyone who thought Billy Wilder’s savagely cynical noir about a disgraced journalist’s search for a career-rejuvenating scoop was too sensational need only recall 2010’s media circus surrounding the plight of the 33 trapped Chilean miners. The sight of hundreds of rubberneckers flanked by publicity-hungry officials and hordes of reporters dowsing the crisis at ‘Camp Hope’ […]

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Thousand Words: “We interrupt this programme…” Reality television: Special Bulletin (Edward Zwick, 1983)

Catching up via the iPlayer whilst taking the train to work or tearing the plastic from the latest box set at home, it’s easy to forget a time just thirty years ago when the television landscape was radically different. There was no internet and the hard drive recorder and DVD had yet to be invented. […]