9 April 2011 10:53 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Some sad news today; director Sidney Lumet has passed away at age 86. According to his stepdaughter, the cause of death was lymphoma. After receiving his start in television, the prolific director's career spanned over 60 years and included classics like 12 Angry Men, Network, and Dog Day Afternoon, among others. His films often focused on social issues, stating that he wanted to make audiences "examine one facet or another of [their] own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.” Lumet may not be as well known a name as contemporaries like Robert Altman or Stanley Kubrick; most likely due to his workman-like style. In his book Making Movies, he summed up his thoughts on direction by stating, “Good style, to me, is unseen style. It is style that is felt.” Through all his years of hard work, Lumet turned out many impressive films, ranging from courtroom dramas to musicals to »

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