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Paddy Chayevsky's & Sidney Lumet's NETWORK at the Vista, Los Feliz

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SAT, JUL 20, 2019 11:59p: Network (1976, Park Circus/United Artists, dir by Sidney Lumet, 121mns, 35mm or Digital) VISTA [Deep Dish 70’s American 1976]

If you ever want to see how to do American satire, you’re gonna probably watch one of four movies (all of which we hope to show or have shown and will show again). Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole/The Big Carnival, Elia Kazan’s A Face the Crowd, Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, and/or Paddy Chayevsky and Sidney Lumet’s Network.

Still one of the most jaw dropping hilarious and shocking comedies ever made, Network tells the story of network TV news anchor Howard Beale who, upon being fired, announces on live TV that he is going to kill himself the next week to boost his ratings. Not surprisingly, his newscast DOES get a boost in ratings.

And when Howard Beale starts to hear voices in his head and begins to rant and rave on live television about how angry he is at American society, he only gets MORE POPULAR.

While it is clear that we are probably watching a man lose his mind, the executives at Beale’s Network sense a ratings miracle and give Beale a full hour where he can rant and rave daily to the American public who love to watch his mental deterioration.

Meanwhile we see the conflicting voices of the Network, William Holden’s voice of reason as the head of the News Department, Faye Dunaway’s ambitious programming genius as the young wunderkind of the network’s entertainment division, Robert Duvall’s cutthroat business approach as the newly installed hatchet man whose only directive is to increase profit, and Ned Beatty’s hilarious turn as billionaire owner of the network who has his own plans for Howard Beale.

Network slowly becomes about the American circus and how television by co-opting reality and playing it as entertainment may lead to the final gasps of the body politic known as American democracy which needs some centered civic engagement (rather than just pure rage) to function.

I don’t know what it says that Network now seems strangely quaint in positing that the most horrific thing that could happen would be the on-air murder of someone for ratings. It seems like we may have crossed that Rubicon a long time ago.

Come a see a hilarious movie that still must be grappled with today in its satiric implications. Please note, there is currently no known 35mm print of this movie (a tragedy in itself). We are searching and hope to screen the movie on 35mm. But if we can’t find a 35mm print, we will screen it digitally because it is too important not to screen.

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/secretmovieclub35mm/. Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 movies a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 WINTER SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all 32 movies we’re showing from January 5th 2019 @ 11:59pm-March 2019), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout our Winter 2019 Season (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). This is our best deal at $192.00 (or $6 per movie). This offer is available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:

If you decide to buy the ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought before the all-access pass.

The All-Access Pass is available for purchase until January 5th, 2019 @ 11:59p which is the evening of PAN’S LABYRINTH, our first movie of the Winter 2019 season. After that, series passes and individual tickets will remain available.

With the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal after the Season All-Access pass. If you know you can make a series in January but not a series in March, this is the way to go.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 6 movies in the series, the pass would cost $54 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

MOVIEPASS (as of late November 2018): While we do accept and want you to use your MoviePass, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current MoviePass rules and regulations to make sure they can still use their MoviePass for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of MoviePass or any similar service.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.


SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at midnight or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.




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