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Sidney Lumet (1924-2011), one of the last of the great filmmaking giants whose career embodied both the old-Hollywood style of the '50s and the new wave social realism of the '60s and '70s, has passed on at age 86 from lymphoma.

The New York Times states the director died at his home in Manhattan; fitting, since he was known as the consummate New York director, setting the bulk of his over-40 directorial efforts in the city that doesn't sleep. He made an auspicious debut in 1957 at age 33 with the Henry Fonda version of "12 Angry Men," which showed his mastery at building tension by setting the movie almost entirely in a single jury deliberation room.

He went on to do many films with social themes, covering nuclear war ("Fail-Safe"), police corruption ("Serpico"), and the media's corrosive effect on society ("Network"). Lumet also showed that he could abandon the heavy »

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