News / 14 July 2021

Cinemaniacs Present Satirical Black Comedy NETWORK!

CINEMANIACS have rescheduled their screening of Sidney Lumet’s biting dark dramedy 1976 NETWORK to this Friday 16th July at ACMI in Melbourne.

With a superlative cast headed by Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, William Holden, Robert Duvall and more, this is a landmark in seventies bleak observational grim satire.

As relevant today as it ever was, Lumet’s brilliant, multiple Oscar-winning satirical exposé of the men and women behind the television networks. When Howard Beale (Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is forced to retire, network executive Max Schumacher (Holden), Howard’s best friend, must deliver the bad news. Beale can’t stomach the idea of losing his 25-year post as anchorman simply because of age, so in his next broadcast he announces to the viewers that he’s going to commit suicide on his final program. Network head Frank Hackett (Duvall) advocates kicking.

As always CINEMANIACS will deliver a pre-show talk, this time around by Hande Noyan & Steven T. Boltz.

Tickets are on sale now.

Cinemaniacs is a volunteer-run community of cinephiles that hold monthly screenings of retrospective films across all genres. Each screening is presented by Melbourne’s finest film historians including panels, presentations and video introductions by cast & crew from the films being screened. Find us at our new home at ACMI, in the heart of Melbourne’s Fed Square. If you want a truly unique experience alongside friendly, welcoming folks, then come along to Cinemaniacs.