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Sidney Lumet dies – Film mourns a great figure

April 9, 2011

Director Sidney Lumet has died today of lymphoma, according to the New York Times. The iconic director of “12 Angry Men” “Serpico” and “Network” among many others was 86. I will remember Lumet best not only for his outstanding films, but also for his book, “Making Movies,” one of the biggest influences on my decision to pursue film. I leave you now with some definitive scenes from Lumet’s films.

The first is from “The Pawnbroker” (1964) one of Lumet’s lesser known and largely underrated films about a victim of Nazi war crimes:

Next, classic Al Pacino from “Serpico” (1973):

Finally, possibly the most iconic scene in this director’s career, “Network” (1976):

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