Sidney Lumet is a master of cinema and was awarded the Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2005. Long Day’s Journey into Night, Serpico, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Pawn Broker are just a handful of films on his resume. Dog Day Afternoon (1975), a complex masterpiece about a bungled bank robbery in New York City, stars Al Pacino and earned six Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture, Director and Actor) and won the Academy Award for Frank Pierson’s Original Screenplay. The media satire Network (1976) earned ten Academy Award nominations (including Picture and Director) and won in four categories (Best Actor for Peter Finch, Best Actress for Faye Dunaway, Best Original Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, Best Supporting Actress for Beatrice Straight). The Verdict (1982), a masterful courtroom drama, starred Paul Newman, James Mason, Jack Warden, and Charlotte Rampling. Well into his 80s, Lumet continues to be active in the film industry. Neal Gabler is the host of Reel 13 on WNET/Channel 13.
Posted: October 22nd, 2008
Sidney Lumet in Conversation with Neal Gabler