January 23, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

Revisit one of the greatest films of the 1970’s as we present Volunteer of the Month Garret Cruz’ inspired pick, Sidney Lumet’s classic satire Network.

A television network cynically exploits the wild ravings of ex-TV anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch, winner of the Academy Award’s only posthumous Best Actor Oscar) as he takes to the air exposing revelations about the media – chiefly,  the dangers of corporations taking control of the news.  As Beale’s platform grows, he begins to challenge forces that might be too much even for him to take on.

Alternately humorous and intense – and timely as it ever was – Network took the Academy Awards by storm upon its initial release, garnering nominations in ten categories and winning four awards, including Best Screenplay for Paddy Chayefsky’s sensational screenplay. This stunning streak was bolstered in no small part by Finch’s thunderous performance, as well equally impeccable turns by co-stars William Holden, Ned Beatty, and fellow Oscar-winners Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight.

Directed by Sidney Lumet | 1976 | 122 mins | Rated R

Wednesday, January 23 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, January 24 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm

“No performance is less than brilliant, with Dunaway particularly effective in the film’s showiest role. Holden, Finch and Duvall, as always, contribute bed-rock-solid performances.” — Arthur Knight, The Hollywood Reporter

“With a powerful performance from Peter Finch, the satirical Network is relevant more so today than upon the theatrical release back in 1976.” — Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

“Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 satire about network television, directed by Sidney Lumet, was amazing then, and it’s amazing now…” — David Bianculli, TV Worth Watching