Film scholar and educator Ted Walch presents the films of Sidney Lumet.
Mr. Walch's film series are a perennial favorite in the Starlight Room. He returns to celebrate the work of Sidney Lumet. Beginning with Lumet’s inaugural masterpiece 12 ANGRY MEN, Walch will turn to Lumet’s greatest achievement, NETWORK, and he will conclude with his favorite, the unsung RUNNING ON EMPTY. In each instance Lumet, who despised the word auteur, honors the work of the writer — Reginald Rose for 12 ANGRY MEN, Paddy Chayevsky for NETWORK, and Naomi Foner for RUNNING ON EMPTY. Each film suits its style to the story and not the story to the style. Each film is a sublime collaboration by a deeply professional director who always took charge by taking a back seat.
NETWORK: In this lauded satire, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers that he's being put out to pasture, and he's none too happy about it. After threatening to shoot himself on live television, instead he launches into an angry televised rant, which turns out to be a huge ratings boost for the UBS network. This stunt allows ambitious producer Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) to develop even more outrageous programming, a concept that she takes to unsettling extremes. R, 121 min.
Other films in this series:
12 ANGRY MEN (1957)
Saturday, March 30, 11:00 a.m.
RUNNING ON EMPTY (1988)
Sunday, March 31, 12:00 p.m.