Film series opens with Network

September 13, 2016 | 3:40 PM

This year’s first installment of the Humanities Film Series will feature the movie Network.

The film will be shown Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Jacksonville Public Library, 201 W. College Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.        

Best known for Peter Finch’s portrayal of Howard Beale, Network is a dark comedy and social commentary that savagely attacks the news industry and its attempts to become a ratings winner at all costs. In a famous scene, Beale becomes “the mad prophet of the airwaves” after having a mental breakdown while anchor of a last-place, fictional television network.

Directed by Sidney Lumet, Network’s power is demonstrated by its 10 Academy Award nominations and four wins, including Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, and its inclusion on the U.S. National Film Registry in 2000. Though released forty years ago and written using great exaggeration, it has since become ever more prescient in our age of social media and polarized twenty-four hour news cycles, and will help the audience to consider the relationship between power and responsibility.

This installment of the Humanities Film Series will be moderated by Dr. Christopher Strangeman, associate professor of history at MacMurray College. The series is co-sponsored by MacMurray College and the Jacksonville Public Library.

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