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    Director Sidney Lumet dies at 86

    Sidney Lumet, Director of American Film Classics,
    Dies at 86

    Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience — "12 Angry Men," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon," "The Verdict," "Network," — became modern American film classics, died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.


    His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said the cause was lymphoma.

    “While the goal of all movies is to entertain,” Mr. Lumet once wrote, “the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.”

    Social issues set his own mental juices flowing, and his best films not only probed the consequences of prejudice, corruption and betrayal but also celebrated individual acts of courage.
    Yet for all the critical success of his films and despite the more than 40 Academy Award nominations they drew, Mr. Lumet himself never won an Oscar, though he was nominated four times as best director. (The other nominations were for “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Verdict.”)

    Only in 2005 did the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present him with an honorary Academy Award. Manohla Dargis, writing in The New York Times, called it a “consolation prize for a lifetime of neglect.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/movies/sidney-lumet-director-of-american-classics-dies-at-86.html?_r=3&hp
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    Re: Director Sidney Lumet dies at 86

    Lumet's list of film credits says it all. So does Roger Ebert's tribute to one of the greatest American film directors of all time:

    Sidney Lumet: In memory
    BY ROGER EBERT / April 9, 2011


    Sidney Lumet was one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors. He was not only a great artist but a much-loved man. When the news of his death at 86 arrived on Saturday, it came as a shock, because he had continued so long to be so productive.

    Of his final film, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (2007), I wrote: "This is a movie, I promise you, that grabs you and won't let you think of anything else. It's wonderful when a director like Lumet wins a Lifetime Achievement Oscar at 80, and three years later makes one of his greatest achievements." Like many of his films, it went on my list of the year's ten best.

    Although he was not as widely known to the general public as directors like Scorsese, Spielberg, Eastwood and Spike Lee, his films were at the center of our collective memories. To name only a few of their titles is to suggest the measure of his gift:

    "Network." "Dog Day Afternoon." "12 Angry Men." "Serpico." "Prince of the City." "The Pawnbroker." "Fail-Safe." "Long Day's Journey into Night." "The Verdict."

    full tribute at:
    Sidney Lumet: In memory :: rogerebert.com :: Featured
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    Re: Director Sidney Lumet dies at 86

    *taps Alias on the shoulder* *AHEM* http://micechat.com/forums/entertain...dies-86-a.html

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