- Sidney Lumet
- Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall
- 122 minuten
Director Sidney Lumet helmed this brilliantly vitriolic dissection of network television from Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning script. Peter Finch won a posthumous Oscar for Best Actor as Howard Beale, the fired news anchorman who goes mad on nationwide TV, threatening to kill himself on camera and utters the famous line: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” William Holden is equally impressive as Beale’s old friend and boss, head of network news Max Shumacher.
KINO is proud to present a retrospective on the features of writer and director Sidney Lumet. The versatile filmmaker worked mainly outside of the Hollywood machine but always secured the greatest talent in front of his camera as his reputation as an ‘actor’s director’ secured no less than seventeen Oscar nominations for his leads. His beloved New York City was often not only a geographical setting but a vital asset in his films as he explored the metropole from its classiest office buildings to its seediest back alleys. Unlike for instance Coppola or Scorsese, Lumet’s oeuvre is less distinctive in style as he always adapted his artistic choices to serve the story, not to his own visual preferences. But he is one of the great humanist directors with a fantastic catalogue waiting to be explored and we are proud to present his biggest hits as well as his lesser known films in this thirteen feature retrospective.
Trailer: Baris Azman