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still from Network (Sidney Lumet, US 1976)

Network

Network

Sidney Lumet / US, 1976 / 121 min.

Network, about a newsreader obsessed with viewing figures, proved a particularly prescient prediction of how news programmes started to slide ever more towards entertainment, populism and spectacle. Sidney Lumet’s film inspired Ivo van Hove to create the play of the same name. See the exhibition All About Theatre About Film.

poster Network (Sidney Lumet, US 1976)
When newsreader Howard Beale hears that he’s being fired because of disappointing viewing figures, he announces during a broadcast that he’s going to commit suicide – live on TV.

Details

Director

Sidney Lumet

Production year

1976

Country

US

Original title

Network

Length

121 min.

Language

English

Format

Blu-ray

Part of

All About Theatre About Film

Film and theatre influence each other continuously. To celebrate that relationship between the two worlds, Eye has invited stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld to compile an exhibition.

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All About Theatre About Film: Antonioni Project (after Michelangelo Antonioni) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld
still from Network (Sidney Lumet, US 1976)
still from Network (Sidney Lumet, US 1976)

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