Journalism on Screen

Mondays in November featuring post-film discussions with Robert Yoon, Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism at UofM and former CNN Director of Political Research, and Zoe Clark, Program Director of Michigan Radio and Co-Host of ‘It’s Just Politics’.

Three films exploring the cultural impact of Journalism and Media.

 

All the President’s Men

Monday, November 4 at 7:30 PM

Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top.

1976. 138 min. Drama. PG

Network

Monday, November 18 at 7:30 PM at the State Theatre

In this lauded satire, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers that he’s being put out to pasture, and he’s none too happy about it. After threatening to shoot himself on live television, instead he launches into an angry televised rant, which turns out to be a huge ratings boost for the UBS network. This stunt allows ambitious producer Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) to develop even more outrageous programming, a concept that she takes to unsettling extremes.

1976. 121 min. Drama. R

His Girl Friday

Monday, November 25 at 7:30 PM at the State Theatre

When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), has gotten engaged to milquetoast insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), he unsuccessfully tries to lure her away from tame domestic life with a story about the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. But when Hildy discovers Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over.

1940. 92 min. Romantic Comedy. NR