Saturday, April 9, 2011

RIP: Sidney Lumet

Director Sidney Lumet, the man behind classic films such as Network, 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, and Serpico, passed away this morning in his New York home.  He was 86 years old.  It is reported that the cause was lymphoma.

With rare exception (The Wiz, for example) Lumet's work was the sort that seemed to arise naturally from his surroundings.  He was a New York director who frequently used the city as a character backdrop tales of crime, corruption, and social justice.

In 2007, at age 83, Lumet experienced a comeback of sort in the wake of releasing the critically lauded Before the Devil Knows Your Dead.  NYT critic Manhola Dargis once referred to the director as "one of the last great movie moralists," [via New York Times] and while the sum of his films is certainly more than that, it's a statement that rings true.

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