9 April 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Sidney Lumet, the gifted director of crime and punishment morality tales set in New York, died earlier today of Lymphona. He was 86 years old. Out of the legends we’ve lost these past four weeks (of which have been all too frequent), for me personally this is the hardest to swallow. He was a director I felt connected with, whose movies I shared a bond with, and I can’t believe I won’t get to see him make another.

Most directors get worse with age, even those who dominated the film scene at their peak but it never really happened with Sidney Lumet. Ok – so there was a bit of downtime in the 90′s but unlike John Carpenter or many other former greats, he picked it back up in the 00′s and finished his career on a high. He was a rarity in the business that he never suffered »

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