Please join us for a screening of Network (1976), directed by Sydney Lumet.
In the 1970s, terrorist violence is the stuff of networks' nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS Television Network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network.
"I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!" This is the slogan that drives TV newsman Howard Beale from low ratings and suicidal tendencies to a folk-hero and a media star. It is this outrageous premise that is at the heart of NETWORK. Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, and Beatrice Straight won Oscars for their vivid portrayals in this a corrosive probing of the cynical world of television.
"NETWORK is outrageous. It's also brilliantly funny."
- Vincent Canby, NEW YORK TIMES
Winner of Four Academy Awards - Best Actor - Peter Finch - Best Actress - Faye Dunaway - Best Supporting Actress - Beatrice Straight - Best Screenplay - Paddy Chayefsky
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