RIP Sidney Lumet
I just learned that the great director Sidney Lumet has died at the age of 86. Lumet was responsible for such amazing films as 12 ANGRY MEN, DOG DAY AFTERNOON and NETWORK. 12 ANGRY MEN is an incredible landmark film for its acting as well as it's precise direction. It is truly a riveting kettle boiler of chamber piece cinema. I read his book "Making Movies" last year which I have since discovered is a favorite of many active directors right now, some of them rereading it every time before they embark on a new film. It was a great insight into this "actor's director." Lumet was famous for working closely with his actors with weeks of rehearsals to develop their characters. He was truly an important figure in American cinema through the second half of the 20th century. Lumet was nominated for 5 Oscars, including for best director for 12 ANGRY MEN.