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When: Sat., March 15, 2 p.m. 2014
Price: Free, but recommended for mature audiences.
One generation’s satire is another’s reality, meaning that the outrageous antics on view in this 1976 classic would hardly be out of place in a television landscape that in the modern era has housed Bill O’Reilly, Howard Stern and Fear Factor. This blistering black comedy about the ruthlessness of network TV casts Peter Finch as a broken-down news anchor whose revelation that he will kill himself on the air lifts his station from fourth to first place in the ratings. Faye Dunaway has one of her last great roles as an all-work-and-no-play programmer, while William Holden is excellent as Finch’s boss and the only person with a modicum of decency. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), this earned four Oscars: Best Actor (Finch, winning posthumously), Actress (Dunaway), Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight in a tiny role as Holden’s wife) and Original Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky). (Matt Brunson)

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