Movie Discussion Night - Friday, January 18: NETWORK

Please join us on Friday, January 18 at 6:30pm for the movie Network, to be screened in Conway (or the Sanctuary if more than 15 people sign up). This is a rescheduling from December 7. The film is 2 hours, 1 minute long. A discussion will follow.

Network is a 1976 classic satire, nominated for 10 Academy Awards, about TV news, the business behind the news, the importance of ratings, and how the news reported on TV is chosen. It was written by Paddy Chayevski and directed by Sidney Lummet. The sensationalism and fake news portrayed in Network portend today’s confusing landscape about truth, facts, manipulating what people see and believe, alternative facts, the role of the press in society, and ethical reporting.

The lead character, Howard Beale, is no Walter Cronkite or Harry Reasoner, particularly after the famous “God is business” speech (which reminds us of the “greed is good” speech in Wall Street)

Network compares with other movies about the news business, like another 1976 film All the President’s Men and the 1987 film Broadcast News. Coincidentally, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is currently playing Howard Beale on stage in Broadway’s Network.

Movie critic John Patterson says, "Prescient and powerful, the film foreshadowed the likes of Bill O’Reilly with its ‘mad as hell’ protagonists and the climate of American anger that birthed Trump.” 

We’ll meet in the sanctuary again, which seemed to work very well. Some people said we might consider bringing pillows. Bring your own snacks and drinks if you like. Popcorn will be free and available. I’ll send a few questions for consideration before the movie and for discussion afterwards.

Please RSVP to Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on January 4, 2019, at 9:15am