Legendary Filmmaker Sidney Lumet Passes Away at 86 Years Old

April 10, 2011
Source: NY Times

Sidney Lumet

This weekend brought some tragic news to Hollywood in the form of a great loss from cinema's short but sparkling history. The NY Times reported yesterday that director Sidney Lumet, the many responsible for such classic films as 12 Angry Men, had passed away at 86-years old. His stepdaughter revealed the legendary filmmaker had succumbed to lymphoma. Though he only made a few films in the past decade, they did include evidence of his great directing by getting a decent performance out of Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, as well as a phenomenal crime drama in the form of Before the Devil Knows Your Dead.

His legacy will live on, and Lumet had previously been honored for his great contributions in cinema. For his career achievements, the Academy of Motions Picture Arts and Sciences gave him an honorary lifetime achievement award, and the Directors Guild of America also gave him an honorary award as well as making him a member for life. These accolades are more than deserved after his phenomenal work behind the camera with other classic films like Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict and Network. In accepting his aforementioned honorary Oscar, Lumet said, "I guess I’d like to thank the movies.” Well, I'd like to thank Mr. Lumet for a legacy in cinema and storytelling that will last well beyond his years. Rest in peace, sir.

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  • Sidney Lumet made films, not movies. I rewatched The Verdict about 6 months ago, and I'm still thinking about that film 6 months later. Lumet directed Newman into one of the greatest performances in film history. I was a kid in 1982 when Newman and Lumet were nominated for Oscars. Looking back, I thought they both could (or should) have one. The problem at that time was a little film called Ghandi, and Sir Ben Kingsley and Sir Richard Attenborough took the respective Oscars from Newman and Lumet (Still saddens me to this day--watch The Verdict if you haven't--I promise you will think Newman's performance is absolutely incredible). Of course, Network was spectacular. Dog Day Afternoon was great as well. 12 Angry Men was a lesson in acting. Lumet's passing is such a loss to film, but what he has accomplished in his lifetime most filmmakers hope for in some small, minute way for just one film of theirs. His films are meant to be watched 3 times: First time to learn, second to absorb, third to enjoy. Rest in peace great one.
  • Marcus
    Even his lesser known films have their special place in cinema history. I would call them "hidden gems." Running on Empty is one of those films, and it is currently streaming along with Dog Day Afternoon and The Verdict on Netflix!
  • RIP Sid.




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