Here is Edward Murrow’s actual broadcast, in which he quoted Shakespeare, from March 1954.
I think in this instance it’s interesting to read the comments, although I would generally advise against that. Many of them talk about how we need but do not have reporters like this today, and compare current events to the Red Scare.
After Barry is brutally gunned down in the parking lot, the film ends in spectacular sweeping views of the Dallas skyline with voice overs from Barry’s listeners. Before this, the camera pans up the radio tower with Dallas’s most well known skyscraper in the background with its green light lined outline. I thought this was a really nice ending to the movie and it left a lasting impression. I have a great interest in skyscrapers and skylines and this ending was enjoyable for me. Oliver Stone introduces the movie Wall Street with views of NYC so this is not the first or last time that the director has used a cityscape in his movie as an intro or ending.
What did you think of the ending of this film? What impact did it have on you?
Talk Radio by Oliver Stone is an interesting and thought provoking film. I thought that Barry was a great representation of what talk show hosts are like. They are not always the funniest, smartest or most respected people but they are usually viewed as fast talking, controversy creators that can entertain people. I believe that Talk Radio is not usually about relevant world events, but stories and people who are cringe worthy. I think that this film did a great job of showcasing a character who fit the mold of a talk radio host very well. Talk show hosts like Barry must be honest. He does not hold back ripping into the callers and letting them know how asinine and stupid their thoughts are. But the honesty did not completely extend into his personal life. Barry had demons and he did not face all his problems with honesty and integrity. His rough current relationship, broken marriage, depression and pressure to reach national syndication all lead to Barry dealing with each of these issues differently than his callers. What do you guys think? Does Barry deal with the problems of his callers significantly different than his actual problems? Does Barry’s approach to dealing with callers effect his rational decision making process regarding his own life problems?
In Talk Radio we saw Barry combatting callers who were generally conservative anti-Semites, misogynists etc. Generally when I think of talk radio though, I imagine the conservatives as hosts of the programs. I found a study from UCLA by Chona Noriega and Francisco Javier Iribarren, that looked at several talk radio shows hosted by conservatives in order to quantify the hate speech that derived from these programs. They broke down these programs and searched for four specific things in the rhetoric:
- Targeted statements
- Unsubstantiated claims
- Divisive language
- Indexical terms: meaning is dependent on context
What they found in the results was a pattern of targeting specific vulnerable groups, relying on three of the four categories: unsubstantiated claims, divisive language and indexical terms. These radio shows were found to be extremely reliant on unsubstantiated claims even though they claim to be news. So basically its concerning because these hosts spew a lot of nonsense at times that do not have any true basis of fact, and loyal listeners will mistake their diatribe for fact.
It’s interesting to look at this study in comparison to the movie because a lot of the time Barry was not necessarily giving facts, bending the truth in order to elicit the reactions he wanted from listeners.
This film really brought us into deep thinking. I am not judging who is right and who is wrong; or who should we feel sympathize for or who should we hate. I was just wondering what does the director tried to tell us through the death of the radio host. Maybe someone who thinks he knows the meaning of life often know nothing but only self-deception. I found the new york times movie review quite interesting. You guys can go ahead and read it!
My two question: do you think the radio host should be sympathized? If you are the popular radio host, would you do the same way as the radio host did in the film?
Hey guys, check out this article i found on “Talk Radio” written by Professor Hagopian here at Penn State. It’s a cool overview of the view, with breakdowns of the most interesting scenes in professor Hagopians opinion. Furthermore, its detailed info on events that occured behind the scenes. Hope you guys like it.
I found a movie review on New York Times, which talks about Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio. In this review, the author refers that the whole movie was inspired by a real-life story, which happened in 1984. He indicates,
“In addition, they’ve grafted onto the play elements from the real-life story of Alan Berg, the Denver talk-show host who was murdered in 1984 by a white supremacist group – the same event used by Costa-Gavras as the starting point for his recent film, ”Betrayed.””
And he also says,
“”Talk Radio,” opening today at the Beekman, is a nearly perfect example of how not to make a movie of a play. Mr. Stone has fancied it up not only with empty narrative asides but also with idiotic camerawork, exemplified by his use, toward the end, of the Lazy Susan shot. “
The movie “talk radio” is about a cynical sharp-tongued radio host was shot extreme audience the story , the film’s shots were very, very test scheduling capabilities of the script , the whole movie except the few few a location outside of all the action takes place in the radio studio in the building , the moderator of the politics of abortion drugs such sensitive things on the Vietnam War unreserved severely compromise the view never let on to the next station owner to the majority of the audience are on the his love-hate relationship , and it is this love and hate him fame , even large phase and intends to broadcast stations in the country , and he all the more extreme harsh and caused some extreme jealous person , he believes he ‘s sober enough to profound objective viewpoint can alert the world to help them to see clearly the nature of things …… finally told Chinese translation said, he parking lot next to the radio studio building was shot , the irony of this shot is a new radio station became a hot topic ! Perhaps the film can be summed up in one thought people could see the meaning of life caught in a society that simply does not make sense without knowing the story, and the film’s significance may lie in the story itself
The video embedded in the short article is an interview with Oliver Stone as he discusses Talk Radio. He talks about how it was released between Wall Street and Born on the Fourth of July and how he looks at it as not being a commercial film, but an art film. He seems very proud of this movie but he also categorizes it as a big step in his career.
Why do you suppose Stone looks at this film as a big step? Also, do you agree with him when he claims that this film is not commercial? I personally think that any film that is made by a big studio and distributed to the masses should be considered commercial on some level. I agree that it does not fit the stereotypical norms of a commercial film, but it still falls in that category. I feel that directors often like to label their less popular achievements as art and cult classic, but this may have just been his romantic way of looking back on it.
My final question is about one of Stone’s quotes, “Barry was an honest and authentic human being”. He delivers this quote with a smile. Do you think he was saying this a bit tongue in cheek or do you suppose that is what he was trying to portray in Barry’s character? Do you think he was honest and authentic? I tend to agree with authentic, but I don’t know about the honest part.
The movie was hard to follow for me because a lot of slang language and sometimes the character Barry talks too fast. On the other hand, I still could enjoyed the movie because many American culture back in the days are dissolved into that movie.
Anyways, I found the review of the movie which was written on December 21 in 1988. I thought it was interesting how perspective on the movie is differ from now and back in the days. So i decided to share the article. Please enjoy 🙂