RIP Sidney Lumet

Born in 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, Sidney Lumet began his career at the early age of five, acting at the Yiddish Art Theatre, New York. A spate of Broadway performances followed throughout the ‘30’s, culminating in his film acting debut with …One Third Of A Nation in 1939.

After serving three years in the army during WWII, the ‘50’s saw Lumet become a prominent figure in the broadcasting industry, directing such shows as Danger, You Are There and The Best Of Broadway. His highly successful film debut came in 1957 with 12 Angry Men, prompting his direction of a further 41 feature films, 14 of which have been nominated for Academy Awards.

Widely known for his ability to create thought-provoking, socially relevant films and displaying a rare skill when directing actors, Lumet was a master of the character drama. Branded ‘…one of the most important film directors in the history of American cinema’ by Academy of Motion Pictures president Frank Pierson, Lumet’s legacy will live on to inspire, challenge and entertain future generations of audiences.

Notable works:

  • 12 Angry Men (1957)
  • Fail-Safe (1964)
  • Serpico (1973)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • Network (1976)
  • Prince Of The City (1981)
  • Find Me Guilty (2006)
  • Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

“For any director with a little lucidity, masterpieces are films that come to you by accident.”

– Sidney Lumet (25/06/1924 – 09/04/2011)

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About filmfellahenry
Film reviewer, script writer and occasional painter. Fan of Lumet, Aronofsky and Kubrick, with a good measure of early John Carpenter thrown in. Particularly like post-apocalyptic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film genres.

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