Sidney Lumet: Interviews

Sidney Lumet: Interviews

by Joanna E. Rapf (Editor)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578067244
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 11/03/2005
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Chronologyxvii
Filmographyxxiii
An Interview with Sidney Lumet3
Keep Them on the Hook12
The Insider: Sidney Lumet Talks about His Work in Films17
Long Day's Journey Into Night: An Interview with Sidney Lumet28
Sidney Lumet: The Offence44
What's Real? What's True?53
Sidney Lumet: Letting It Happen65
Lumet: Endlessly Energetic69
Colour and Concepts73
A Conversation with Sidney Lumet81
Interview with Sidney Lumet104
Sidney Lumet: The Reluctant Auteur110
Sidney Lumet: An Interview122
Lumet's Morning Dawns128
Sidney Lumet: The Lion on the Left131
The Law According to Lumet145
Sidney Lumet: Making Movies151
Sidney Lumet: The Director Talks about Shooting in Snowstorms157
Critical Care and Collaboration162
An Interview with Sidney Lumet173
An Interview with Sidney Lumet177
Index195

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