MGM – Tuesday 4 December, 8.30pm
A brilliant satire, about a TV fictional network, UBS, that cynically exploits a deranged TV anchor’s ravings and revelations about the media, purely for their own profit.
Winner of four Oscars (for Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, Beatrice Straight, and for Chayefsky’s script), a BAFTA (for Peter Finch) and four Golden Globes (Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Director: Sidney Lumet and Chayefsky’s script). Ranked as number 64 on the American Film Institute’s list of Top 100 Greatest American Films. Written by Paddy Chayefsky (The Hospital, Altered States, The Americanization Of Emily). In 2006, Chayefsky’s script was voted one of the top ten movie scripts of all-time by the Writers Guild of America. Network was inducted into the Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame as a film that has “set an enduring standard for American entertainment”.
Director: Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network).
Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Peter Finch, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, Beatrice Straight.
“When Chayefsky created Howard Beale, could he have imagined Jerry Springer, Howard Stern and the World Wrestling Federation?” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.