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« on: April 09, 2011, 09:34:48 AM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/09/sidney-lumet-dead_n_847014.html

The guy who directed 12 Angry Men is ensured a place in the cinematic pantheon.

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2011, 09:45:13 AM »

I though he was already dead, RIP,  Cry

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2011, 09:54:44 AM »

I have a tendency to confuse him with Sydney Pollack. Hard to keep track.

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2011, 10:29:34 AM »

I have a tendency to confuse him with Sydney Pollack.
Me too, but still on some level I was aware that Pollack was the one who had died and Lumet the one who was still alive (untill today).

I think the only film of his that I've seen is Dog Day Afternoon but I have to add that his book Making Movies is a wonderful read.


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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2011, 11:51:43 AM »


The most assiduous of all the ''great directors'' ?


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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2011, 04:30:57 PM »

The guy who directed 12 Angry Men is ensured a place in the cinematic pantheon.
You mean the guy who directed Prince of the City, his masterpiece.

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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2011, 05:22:17 PM »

You mean the guy who directed Prince of the City, his masterpiece.

Most boring. He did many boring movies (The Anderson Tapes is another) and some very good ones. I don't think he ever did a masterpiece. Serpico is probably my favourite one, followed by 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon.

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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2011, 03:07:40 AM »

Lumet was a good but not a great director. Just like the other Sydney (Pollack).

12 Angry Men (1957) is not a great film, and generally his best films are maybe 8/10 imo. With Dog Day Afternoon (1975) being probably my favourite.

But he also made a lot of long forgotten films. Glad that his last one (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, 2007) was also one of his best. So, at least he hasn't lost his touch in a 50 years lasting career.

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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2011, 05:45:14 AM »

Well I definitely can't agree with that: he was a great director without any doubt. 12 Angry Men alone is enough for that classification, and further fortified by The Hill and The Pawnbroker. You don't make movies like that by chance. His problem was he loved working too much.

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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2011, 06:00:07 AM »

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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2011, 09:54:00 AM »

Glad that his last one (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, 2007) was also one of his best.

Glad you mention this one. I wish the guy had stayed alive. I listened to the audio commentary he did for Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, and this commentary really shows that dispite his age, he still had the creativity, the will and the capacity to make other great movies.

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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2011, 02:53:52 PM »

Well I definitely can't agree with that: he was a great director without any doubt. 12 Angry Men alone is enough for that classification, and further fortified by The Hill and The Pawnbroker. You don't make movie like that by chance. His problem was he loved working too much.

Shares my opinion.
'loved his approach to filmmaking.
12 ANGRY MEN is one of the best debut films ever. Blows me away every time I see it. Perfect example of
what one can achieve cinematically in a single room (well almost).
HILL, PAWNBROKER, SERPICO, DOG DAY, ANDERSON, VERDICT, PRINCE, OFFENCE and one
of my favorites: NETWORK - lots of great films.



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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2011, 07:57:07 PM »

I'm more of a Network fan than anything. He's too stagey for my tastes. It's why I don't really care for Kazan either.

RIP

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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2011, 11:47:16 PM »

yeah, terrific director. The Pawnbroker, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. RIP Sidney  Cry and a big  Afro for all your great work  Smiley

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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2011, 10:49:07 AM »

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/12-Angry-Men-Blu-ray/7736/#Review

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