‘Network’ (Max): “There’s nothing left in you that I can live with!”

NETWORK by Paddy Chayefsky

From: Movie

Type: Dramatic

Character: Max Schumacher is a "craggy, lumbering, roughhewn" news executive.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 40's | 50's | 60's

Summary: At his wit's end, Max walks out on Diana.

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MAX: It’s too late, Diana! There’s nothing left in you that I can live with! You’re one of Howard’s humanoids, and, if I stay with you, I’ll be destroyed! Like Howard Beale was destroyed! Like Laureen Hobbs was destroyed! Like everything you and the institution of television touch is destroyed! You are television incarnate, Diana, indifferent to suffering, insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. War, murder, death are all the same to you as bottles of beer. The daily business of life is a corrupt comedy. You even shatter the sensations of time and space into split-seconds and instant replays. You are madness, Diana, virulent madness, and everything you touch dies with you. Well, not me! Not while I can still feel pleasure and pain and love!

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