“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Possibly used as a training video for Fox News pundits, NETWORK is a classic scathing satire that focuses on corporate media and social malaise which was critically acclaimed when released a few months ago… I mean in 1976. Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is an unhinged anchorman who goes off the deep end on live TV, spouting expletives and threatening to kill himself. Far from shocked, the network’s executives see an opportunity to exploit his crazy man antics for higher ratings by giving him his own primetime show where he becomes a national sensation. Unfortunately, as Beale slides further into mania, the powers that be see a growing threat to profits. Featuring outstanding performances from Faye Dunaway and the rest of the cast, writer Paddy Chayefsky and director Sidney Lumet created a black comedy that refuses to become dated. Did I mention this screening is also completely free?
7pm // Harvard Film Archive // FREE!!!!