#RIP: Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet: 25th June 1924 –
9th April 2011

with sadness we note the death of one of cinema’s greatest directors, producers and screenwriters.

anima eius et animae omnium fidelium
defunctorum per dei misericordiam
requiescant in pace

in addition to being renowned for his outstanding skill with both camera and pen, Lumet was widely regarded as one of the warmest and most humane of Hollywood’s greats. while his long career featured work on more than fifty motion pictures, he will be most fondly remembered as the director of (among many others):

12 Angry Men (1957)
The Appointment (1969)
Serpico (1973)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Verdict (1982)
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

here, however, is the classic scene from my favourite of his films, Network (1976). it’s a brilliant movie, and as powerful and prophetic today as it was then.

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