April 9, 2011

ANSWER THE DANG PHONE:

Lumet, '12 Angry Men' and 'Network' director, dies (DAVID B. CARUSO and BOB THOMAS, 4/09/11, Associated Press)

A Philadelphia native, Lumet moved to New York City as a child, and it became the location of choice for more than 30 of his films. Although he freely admitted to a lifelong love affair with the city, he often showed its grittier side.

Such dramas as "Prince of the City," "Q&A," "Night Falls on Manhattan" and "Serpico" looked at the hard lives and corruptibility of New York police officers. "Dog Day Afternoon" told the true-life story of two social misfits who set in motion a chain of disastrous events when they tried to rob a New York City bank on an oppressively hot summer afternoon.

"It's not an anti-L.A. thing," Lumet said of his New York favoritism in a 1997 interview. "I just don't like to live in a company town."

Although he didn't work in Los Angeles, the director maintained good relations with the Hollywood studios, partly because he finished his pictures under schedule and budget. His television beginnings had schooled him in working fast, and he rarely shot more than four takes of a scene.


Network is a great film and The Verdict is excellent until the final scene ruins it, but his greatest achievement was the subversive Serpico, a stinging rebuke to Hollywood in particular and the Left in general. The rest is...eh.

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Posted by at April 9, 2011 4:34 PM
  

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