The first-ever biography of the seminal American director whose remarkable life traces a line through American entertainment history
Acclaimed as the ultimate New York movie director, Sidney Lumet began his astonishing five-decades-long directing career with the now classic 12 Angry Men, followed by such landmark films as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network. His remarkably varied output included award-winning adaptations of plays by Anton Chekhov, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill, whose Long Day’s Journey into Night featured Katharine Hepburn and Ralph Richardson in their most devastating performances.
Renowned as an “actor’s director,” Lumet attracted an unmatched roster of stars, among them: Henry Fonda, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke, and Philip-Seymour Hoffman, accruing eighteen Oscar nods for his actors along the way.
With the help of exclusive interviews with family, colleagues, and friends, author Maura Spiegel provides a vibrant portrait of the life and work of this extraordinary director whose influence is felt through generations, and takes us inside the Federal Theater, the Group Theatre, the Actors Studio, and the early “golden age” of television.
From his surprising personal life, with four marriages to remarkable women—all of whom opened their living rooms to Lumet’s world of artists and performers like Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson—to the world of Yiddish theater and Broadway spectacles, Sidney Lumet: A Life is a book that anyone interested in American film of the twentieth century will not want to miss.
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Table of Contents
1 Yiddish Roots 5
2 Family Stories 15
3 Mother and Son 31
4 A Broadway Education 41
5 Brother and Sister 66
6 A Second Home: The Group Theatre 81
7 What the Camera Sees 97
8 GI Jew: Eating Ham for Uncle Sam 108
9 Coming Home 129
10 Marriage Take One: A Season in Bohemia 137
11 Television: Worlds Within Worlds 153
12 Marriage Take Two: Mr. and Mrs. Mouse 169
13 The Making of 12 Angry Men 183
14 Career Moves 199
15 Marriage Take Three: Maybe This Time … 227
16 Men at Work 251
17 Marriage Take Four: Print It 272
18 Acquainted with the Night 285
19 Parents and Children 299
20 Make It Personal 314
21 Life All Around 337
22 All in All 361
Filmography and Sources 365