Movies about the Media: Broadcast News

A TALE about inter-personal rivalries and attractions within a newsroom, as much as anything else, Broadcast News also contains a telling sequence about the perils of fabricating emotion in an attempt to lend weight to a story.

Says Wikipedia: “The film revolves around three characters who work in television news. Jane Craig (played by Holly Hunter) is a talented producer who tries to conceal how important it is for her to be found sexually attractive by a handsome man who epitomises everything about television news that appalls her.

“Jane’s best friend and frequent collaborator, Aaron Altman (played by Albert Brooks), is a gifted writer and reporter ambitious for on-camera exposure who is secretly in love with Jane and embittered by her rejection of him.

“Tom Grunick (played by William Hurt), a local news anchorman who until recently was a sports anchorman, is likable and telegenic, but denied respect due to his intellectual limitations, of which he is all too aware. He is attracted to Jane although he is also intimidated by her skills and intensity.”

Time magazine, adds Wikipedia, rated the film one of the best of its year. It was released in 1987.

Read a great review of the movie – here – by Matt Slovick, in The Washington Post newspaper.

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