Saturday, April 9, 2011
RIP: Sidney Lumet
With rare exception (The Wiz, for example) Lumet's work was the sort that seemed to arise naturally from his surroundings. He was a New York director who frequently used the city as a character backdrop tales of crime, corruption, and social justice.
In 2007, at age 83, Lumet experienced a comeback of sort in the wake of releasing the critically lauded Before the Devil Knows Your Dead. NYT critic Manhola Dargis once referred to the director as "one of the last great movie moralists," [via New York Times] and while the sum of his films is certainly more than that, it's a statement that rings true.