Manipulating The Message

Manipulating The Message

Cinema Rediscovered 2017

We know things are bad, worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy… I want all of you to get up out of your chairs, I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore".

- Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network.

It is 40 years since United Broadcasting System’s (UBS) anchorman Howard Beale finally lost his rag and exhorted his audience not to take it anymore. Somehow his words still seem as resonant today, if not more so. Director Sidney Lumet and writer Paddy Chayefsky’s prophetic Network was released in the UK in 1977. It has lost none of its excoriating insights into the world of broadcasting, advertising and the manipulation of the media and the audience.

The 2017 edition of Cinema Rediscovered kicks off with a special anniversary screening of Network - introduced by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed - as part of a season of films which look at how the media and journalism have been portrayed in Hollywood.

Including Orson Welles’ tale of power and corruption, and cinematic tour de force Citizen Kane (Sat 29 July, 20:20); Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (Fri 28 July, 18:00), with its no-holds-barred exposé exposé of the American media and public’s appetite for sensation; Gus Van Sant’s darkly hilarious satire To Die For (Fri 28 July, 15:30) starring Nicole Kidman as Suzanne Stone who’ll stop at nothing for a career on TV; Alexander MacKendrick’s caustic noir Sweet Smell of Success (Sat 29 July, 17:50) about the influence of the columnist; and the grandfather of Hollywood newspaper movies, Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page (Sat 29 July, 14:30), in a UK premiere of a new restoration by the Academy Film Archive and the Film Foundation from a print discovered in producer Howard Hughes’ personal collection.


Previous screenings & events in this season

Curzon Clevedon 2
Please note: This event took place in July 2017
Event
Discover the magic of cinema at one of the oldest running cinema venues in the UK. Visit Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon for a special screening, guided tour, Christie organ demonstration and refreshments. Travel from Bristol to Clevedon included, spaces limited.

Citizen Kane

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Citizen Kane
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
Regularly cited as the greatest American film ever made, Orson Welles’ story of newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane’s meteoric rise and fall is a fascinating portrait of America's love of power, materialism and the corruption it fosters.

Sweet Smell of Success

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Sweet Smell of Success
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis star as tabloid baron J.J. Hunsecker and scheming press agent Sidney Falco in Alexander Mackendrick’s classic New York noir and sharp satire on the grasping world of newspaper’s gossip columns.

UK Premiere: The Front Page

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The Front Page
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
With its fast-paced dialogue, hardboiled characters and rampant cynicism, this restored classic, which would be remade nine years later as the better known His Girl Friday, is the grandfather of Hollywood newspaper movies.

Ace in The Hole

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Ace in The Hole
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
Billy Wilder’s fierce satire of the media circus - about a reporter (Kirk Douglas) who sees a chance to manufacture a scoop when a man is trapped by a rockfall - is a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation.

To Die For

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To Die For
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
Gus Van Sant's irresistible black comedy stars Nicole Kidman as a weather girl who will stop at nothing for television fame. A pre-internet tabloid classic that has lost none of its dark edge.

Network

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Network
Please note: This was screened in July 2017
Film
Conceived, written and released in America during the Watergate crisis, Network is a meticulously researched, highly articulate attack on the demoralisation and dehumanisation of American life as exemplified by the crude commercialisation of television news.