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‘By Sidney Lumet’ Director on the ‘Moral Message’ Behind Film Icon’s Work

25 October 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sidney Lumet was one of the greatest chroniclers of New York City. Films like “Serpico” and “Dog Day Afternoon” serve as gripping time capsules to the five borough’s mean old, pre-gentrified, “Ford to the City: Drop Dead” days, when crime was on the rise and the population on the decline.

But while Lumet has been praised for his depiction of urban life, he doesn’t rank among top auteurs such as Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg. He wasn’t splashy enough. He was too prolific. He was more work horse than show horse.

By Sidney Lumet” may put the lie to those assessments. The gripping new documentary from Nancy Buirski (“The Loving Story”) opens in limited release this Friday and puts the focus squarely on Lumet. There are no talking heads. No testimonials from the actors he worked with, his directing cohorts, or family members. It’s just Lumet, »

- Brent Lang

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