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Monday, October 14
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2hr 01mins // directed by:Sidney Lumet // featuring:Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall // 35mm

Join Stephen Belber, playwright of The Power of Duff, for a post-screening conversation on key themes in his play and Network, moderated by a member of the Huntington Theatre Company’s artistic staff.

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.” Network is director Sidney Lumet's brilliant, pitch-black satire of the tabloid-tainted television industry, where entertainment value and short-term ratings trump quality. Over-the-hill newsman Howard Beale's (Peter Finch) televised rant after being summarily dismissed from the anchor desk immediately transforms him into a prophet-like media figure and the focus of a new sensationalized broadcast. His unhinged rants on live TV resonate with viewers, boost the ratings and intrigue a pair of cutthroat network executives. Finch won the Best Actor Oscar posthumously for his iconic performance; Oscars also went to screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, Faye Dunaway as a ruthless VP programming boss, and Beatrice Straight.

In Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff, burnt-out local TV newscaster Charlie Duff suddenly begins offering a prayer at the end of his nightly broadcasts, instantly becoming a po