Monday, April 11, 2011
Sidney Lumet 1924 - 2011
Another Movie Icon has gone. Sidney Lumet was a visionary director. He has directed some of the most powerful and controversial films I have had the pleasure to see. His range of movies are diverse, from 'The Wiz', to 'Night Falls on Manhattan'. I will remember him most for 'Serpico', the groundbreaking 'Dog Day Afternoon', both starring Al Pacino, 'The Verdict' with Paul Newman, '12 Angry Men', 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'Network' and the divinely dark, and brilliantly named 'Before the Devil knows you're Dead'. Once married to Gloria Vanderbuilt, and the one time son-in-law of Lena Horne, this man was true Hollywood. Garnering many Oscar nominations and awards his direction brought out the best in his actors. Sidney Lumet has inspired a generation of directors, and given countless hours of pleasure to millions of viewers. Thank you Mr Lumet, it's been a privelege and an honour.