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Sidney Lumet: Interviews

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Sidney Lumet (b. 1924) is considered one of the most gifted and socially conscious American filmmakers of his generation. His best-known movies--including Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, 12 Angry Men, and Network--have garnered him an Honorary Academy Award in 2005, multiple Oscar nominations for Best Director, the D. W. Griffith Award for Lifetime Achievement, and numerous other tributes.

This book features over twenty interviews with the director, including an ...

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Overview

Sidney Lumet (b. 1924) is considered one of the most gifted and socially conscious American filmmakers of his generation. His best-known movies--including Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, 12 Angry Men, and Network--have garnered him an Honorary Academy Award in 2005, multiple Oscar nominations for Best Director, the D. W. Griffith Award for Lifetime Achievement, and numerous other tributes.

This book features over twenty interviews with the director, including an interview conducted by the editor for this volume. One of the few mainstream directors who works outside of Hollywood, Lumet discusses how his home base, New York City, fuels his films. Candid, outspoken and occasionally brash, Lumet talks passionately and clearly about his work with great actors (among them Al Pacino, Faye Dunaway, River Phoenix, and Sean Connery) and acclaimed screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky.

Insisting that moviemaking is collaborative, Lumet often notes his determination to find styles that serve the many different kinds of stories he has told, such as the social drama The Pawnbroker, the crime films Prince of the City and Serpico, the intimate family piece Garbo Talks, the play adaptation Long Day's Journey into Night, and the television series 100 Centre Street.

Joanna E. Rapf is professor of English and of film and video studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She is the author of On the Waterfront and Buster Keaton: A Bio-Bibliography, and her work has appeared in Film Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, Post Script, and Journal of Popular Culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578067237
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 11/4/2005
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

An interview with Sidney Lumet 3
Keep them on the hook : films and filming 12
The insider : Sidney Lumet talks about his work in films 17
Long day's journey into night : an interview with Sidney Lumet 28
Sidney Lumet : the offence 44
What's real? : what's true? 53
Sidney Lumet : letting it happen 65
Lumet - endlessly energetic 69
Colour and concepts 73
A conversation with Sidney Lumet 81
Interview with Sidney Lumet 104
Sidney Lumet : the reluctant auteur 110
Sidney Lumet : an interview 122
Lumet's morning dawns 128
Sidney Lumet : the lion on the left 131
The law according to Lumet 145
Sidney Lumet : making movies 151
Sidney Lumet : the director talks about shooting in snowstorms 157
Critical care and collaboration 162
An interview with Sidney Lumet 173
An interview with Sidney Lumet 177
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