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July 7: Screening of the 1976 film, “Network”

Scene from the film “Network”

The most famous scene in “Network.”

The UCLA Film and Television Archive hosts a screening of the 1976 film “Network,” which was written by Paddy Chayefsky, at 7:30 p.m. on July 7.

A masterpiece of 1970s cinema featuring one of the most memorable, oft-quoted lines of dialog in film history, Chayefsky’s satire stands today as a prophetic indictment of electronic mass media and television news. Chayefsky comes full circle from his start as one of the most respected dramatists of the golden age of television that eviscerates the modern medium via a fictional morally-bankrupt TV network, the Union Broadcasting System. Directed by Sidney Lumet, “Network” mourns the passing of the Murrow era of journalism while predicting today’s rise of infotainment and corporate media conglomerates that place profits above the public interest.

The screening is part of the archive’s “Golden Age of Television Writers on the Big Screen” series which will run from July 7 to Aug. 20 in the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum at UCLA.

Advance tickets are available online for $10. Tickets will also be available one hour before the program at the theater’s box office: $9 general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; free to Writers Guild of America members; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

For more information, visit the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s event page.

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