Sidney Lumet (1924-2011)

Sidney Lumet has died. He was a prolific director who made films of varying degrees of quality, but he will always be remembered for Dog Day Afternoon, which was one of the best American films of the 1970’s. Lumet was a type of director that we don’t see that much of any more. At a time when the emphasis in Hollywood has been on special effects and on “high concept” stories, Lumet was known as an “actor’s director” who liked to make socially relevant films. His ability to work with actors was justly praised. Even in a creaky Agatha Christie vehicle like Murder on the Orient Express, the performances are fun to watch. He will be greatly missed.

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