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New Meetup: NETWORK/HOSPITAL DOUBLE BILL @ The Aero, 10/22, 7:30 PM

From: Lindsie
Sent on: Saturday, October 10, 2009 3:38 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: NETWORK/HOSPITAL DOUBLE BILL @ The Aero, 10/22, 7:30 PM

When: October 22,[masked]:00 PM

Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave 14th Street (Cross Street)
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Three time Academy Award winning screenwriter Paddy Chayevsky was one of the writers who made the Golden Age of Television...well...golden. That would have been enough to secure his place in entertainment history, but his film career is just as richly colored, as this incredible double bill demonstrates. With brilliant directors at the helm of both movies, his mordant wit and corrosive satire are on full display. His full frontal assault on television (Network) and the medical establishment (The Hospital) are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago. Some things never change, I guess. Damn it all, anyway!

Dinner of some sort will be planned (El Cholo, Pradeep?), but I'm going home when the movies are over! I'm sure that the hardiest among us will wind up at Izzy's, though...:)

Online tickets are available from Fandango.

The Synopses:

NETWORK, 1976, MGM Repertory, 120 min. (Trailer) Director Sidney Lumet helmed this vitriolic dissection of network television from Paddy Chayefsky?s Oscar-winning script. Peter Finch won a posthumous Oscar as Best Actor for his performance as Howard Beale, the fired news anchorman who goes mad on nationwide TV. Faye Dunaway (Oscar winner for Best Actress) is the new creative honcho who angles to exploit Beale?s madness to boost ratings.

THE HOSPITAL, 1971, MGM Repertory, 103 min. (Trailer) Dir. Arthur Hiller. In a film that remains strikingly timely today, Paddy Chayefsky dismantles New York City?s disintegrating public healthcare system with this darkly comic indictment that won an Oscar for best screenplay. His personal life in a shambles, George C. Scott is the chief of medicine at a hospital where patients are dying from caregivers? errors and mistaken identities, and absurdity takes over from science. Also starring Diana Rigg.

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