Don’t get mad, get even Sunday, Feb. 23

Peter Finch won an Oscar, posthumously, for his role in "Network." The film will be screened this weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image. Photo courtesy MOMI

Peter Finch won an Oscar, posthumously, for his role in “Network.” The film will be screened this weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image. Photo courtesy MOMI

The development of Zoloft and Xanax may have decreased the number of people standing at their windows and screaming, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore,” but you can still find the sentiment alive and well in New York City.

Character Howard Beale’s iconic movie line from 1976’s “Network” succiently captured the angst of Americans in the post-Watergate era. It might have seemed outlandish when Paddy Chayefsky penned the screenplay, but today it feels more like a documentary of a post-modern U.S.A. where corporations now have court-sanctioned rights.

New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff recently released a book about how the film came to be: “The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in the Movies.”

This Sunday, Itzkoff will introduce a screening of the Academy Award-winning film at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

Following the movie, Itzkoff, along with ESPN2 host Keith Olbermann, will discuss the film and the book.

The movie will be shown at 2 pm. From 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Itzkoff will hold a book signing in the museum’s store. Tickets are $15 for the public and $9 for museum members and can be ordered here.

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