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Sidney Lumet (1924–2011)

Author of Making Movies

54+ Works 2,697 Members 74 Reviews

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Image credit: Photo by Carl Van Vechten, May 7, 1939, as Johnnie in "My heart's in the Highlands" (Library of Congress, Carl Van Vechten Collection, Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-103658)

Works by Sidney Lumet

Making Movies (1995) 813 copies
12 Angry Men [1957 film] (1957) — Director — 411 copies
Murder on the Orient Express [1974 film] (1974) — Director — 202 copies
Dog Day Afternoon [1975 film] (1975) — Director — 183 copies
Network [1976 film] (1976) — Director — 129 copies
Serpico [1973 film] (1973) — Director — 113 copies
The Wiz [1978 film] (1978) — Director — 100 copies
Deathtrap [1982 film] (1982) — Director — 93 copies
Fail Safe [1964 film] (1964) — Director — 80 copies
The Verdict [1982 film] (1982) — Director — 80 copies
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead [2007 film] (2007) — Director — 77 copies
The Pawnbroker [1964 film] (1964) 42 copies
Running on Empty [1988 film] (1988) — Director — 40 copies
The Fugitive Kind [1960 film] (1960) — Director — 28 copies
Find Me Guilty [2006 film] (2006) — Director — 28 copies
The Anderson Tapes [1971 film] (1971) — Director — 25 copies
Equus [1977 film] (2003) — Director — 23 copies
A Stranger Among Us [1992 film] (1992) — Director — 21 copies
The Hill [1965 film] (1965) 14 copies
The Group [1966 film] (1966) — Director — 11 copies
Power [1986 film] (1986) — Director — 8 copies
Critical Care {1997 film} (1997) 7 copies
The Offence [1972 film] (2014) — Director — 7 copies
Daniel [1983 film] (1983) 6 copies
Q & A [1990 film] (1990) 4 copies
Garbo Talks [1984 film] (1984) — Director — 4 copies
Poirot Fan Favorites Collection [Videorecording] (2013) — Director — 3 copies
Strip Search [2004 Film] (2004) — Director — 2 copies
Child's Play [1972 film] (1972) 2 copies
Stage Struck [1958 film] — Director — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Wiz Book (1978) — Introduction — 3 copies

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Acting: 5.0; Theme: 5.0; Content: 4.5; Language: 5.0; Overall: 5.0

Twelve jurors must decide the innocence or guilt of a young man who is accused of the murder of his father. Classic! Highly recommend.

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jntjesussaves | 9 other reviews | Dec 10, 2023 |
Interesting insofar as Lumet so carefully considers every aspect of his films, and then fills you in on what he was thinking, how he achieved that effect when it succeeded, and where he thinks he went wrong in the cases in which his movies didn't work.

There is wisdom in the first quarter, irrespective of the movie-making project; it's decent management or art-creation advice. The back three-quarters, though, is pretty locked into the movies themselves, and depending on your excitement about specific movies (Long Day's Journey, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men and Network are all thoroughly spelunked), or his filmography as a whole, you might find your interest waning rapidly on technical discussions of lighting those. Even if you do like those movies a lot (as I do), there is discussion of how to handle actors, but nothing specific about any of them, so if you're curious how Ned Beatty's insane short scene in Network came to be so thunderously intense, no luck for you; it isn't even mentioned.

For '70s[1] movie fans I could see it being considered essential. It just isn't for me.
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[1] Oh, and also, he admits/brags about hauling off and slapping an actress at one point, in order to have her performance be "more real." Not a great way to get me on one's side.
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Joel Schumacher Screenwriter
David Mamet Screenwriter
Kelly Masterson Screenwriter
Eugene O'Neill Screenwriter, Original play
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T.J. Mancini Screenwriter
Meade Roberts Screenwriter
Lawrence Sanders Original novel
Peter Shaffer Screenwriter
Steve Golin Producer
Guy Hamilton Director
Harold Wheeler Orchestration
Sidney Buchman Screenwriter
Andrew Grieve Director
Renny Rye Director
Ross Devenish Director
Tom Gries Director
Jack Warden Actor, Cast
Henry Fonda Cast, Actor, Actor principal
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Al Pacino Actor
Jack Klugman Cast, Actor
Lee J. Cobb Cast, Actor
Ed Begley Cast, Actor
Paul Dehn Screenwriter
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Ted Ross Actor
L. Frank Baum Original book
Tony Walton Production Designer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Paul Newman Actor, Narrator
Peter Maas Original novel
Rob Cohen Producer
Ira Levin Story
Barry Reed Original novel
Alan King Actor
Val Avery Actor
Robert J. Avrech Screenplay
John le Carré Original book
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Ed Binns Actor
Larry McMurtry Original book
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Eric Skillman Cover designer
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Rating
4.0
Reviews
74
ISBNs
136
Languages
8

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