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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sidney Lumet - RIP: One of Hollywood's truly great directors

Sidney Lumet, the iconic Hollywood director died today at age 86.  He directed over 50 films, mostly dramas , often with a theme of social justice.   Among his films were 12 Angry Men, Network, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and most recently the intense drama, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead in 2007. 

He was known as an 'actor's director' evidenced in his most successful films that were character studies of men in crisis.  14 of his films received 46 Oscar nominations, winning 6 of them.  he was nominated for Best Director 4 times but never rook home the prize.

His films contain some of the most iconic scenes in movie history.  None more so than Peter Finch's 'Mad as Hell' speech from 'Network', even more relevant today than 1976 when it was released.

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