Sidney Lumet: In Memorial

A short tribute to Sidney Lumet who died at the weekend with links to reviews of his films on The Digital Fix.

Sidney Lumet, who died over the weekend at the age of 86, was one of the great American film directors. Storming onto the cinema screen with 12 Angry Men in 1957, he proceeded to make films which were sometimes brilliant, always worth seeing and rarely less than entertaining. At his best, in Network, Dog Day Afternoon or Prince of the City, he could take complex subjects and turn them into riveting and thoroughly adult cinema where good talk and interesting subject matter meant more than cheap thrills and slick camerawork. Many of his films have been underrated and it’s only comparatively recently that superb pieces of filmmaking such as The Anderson Tapes, Q&A, The Offence and Murder on the Orient Express, to name but two, have received the recognition they deserve. It says a lot that even after reaching the age of 80, he could still pull off the talky but engrossing courtroom drama of Find Me Guilty and the bitter and intense personal drama of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

Click on the links below to read our reviews of some of Lumet’s key films:

12 Angry Men
The Hill
Murder on the Orient Express
Dog Day Afternoon
Prince of the City
The Verdict

Mike Sutton

Updated: Apr 11, 2011

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