R.I.P Sidney Lumet

The film world suffered a terrible blow when Sidney Lumet passed away over the weekend.

How good was Sidney Lumet?

Just look at just some of the game changing gems that he directed:

12 Angry Men

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

The Pawnbroker

Fail-Safe

Serpico

Dog Day Afternoon

Network

The Verdict

Then there’s other classics like The Fugitive Kind, The  Anderson Tapes, Murder On The Orient Express, Prince Of The City, the painfully underrated Q&A, and his final masterpiece Before The Devil Knows You Dead. Add to that the nearly 200 episodes that he directed during the early days of TV, one killer book on filmmaking (Making Movies) and you have to consider Sidney Lumet as one of the greatest directors ever.

What I loved about Sidney Lumet films was how he used New York City.  No Hollywood soundstages for him – he always took it to the street and made the stories more authentic.  Watch The Pawnbroker, Serpico or Dog Day Afternoon: they feel more documentaries rather than docudramas.   That’s how real his films were.

I could go on and on, but the best you can do is check out these extraordinary films.  There’s plenty to choose from.

Thank you Sidney Lumet.  Rest in peace.


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Author of the book, 'Black Rock Volume 1', which is available now at Blurb.com and as an e-book on Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com. Executive Director of the Black Rock Coalition New York Chapter. Photographer, music fan, Yankee fan, supporter of the arts!
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