January 8. Ace in the Hole (1951) | 112 minutes
January 22. Network (1976) | 121 minutes
Merrill Film Society is an informal gathering of community members to view great works of cinema with one another. Everyone is invited. The films are free and popcorn is served! Showtime is 7 pm.
While not official local Camden Conference events, these films go along the lines of the 2020 Camden
Conference theme, THE MEDIA REVOLUTION: CHANGING THE WORLD.
In Ace in the Hole (also known as The Big Carnival), Kirk Douglas plays an Albuquerque newspaper reporter, too big for his small-town britches, who sensationalizes the story of a trapped miner and pushes the moral boundaries of his profession. Underappreciated when it first came out, it is now considered culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.
There is much more to Network than the memorable line about being mad as hell and not taking it anymore. Did it predict cable news, shock jocks, reality television? Is the young producer played by Faye Dunaway brillliant and ambitious or exploitative and dangerous? After more than 40 years, will the film feel prescient or nostalgic?
February 12 , we will screen the 2019 documentary Mike Wallace is Here, a 2020 Camden Conference event.