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By Sidney Lumet (2016)

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In a never-before-seen interview filmed a few years before his death, Sidney Lumet guides us through his life and work. Powerfully dramatic and wildly entertaining films such as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, and Network, are just part of the canon of one of the most socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story) presents an intimate portrait of Lumet. With his typical candor, humor and grace, he reveals what mattered to him as an artist and a human being.

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The film is fascinating and important as it is, and Buirski made the right decision in focusing largely on the Anker interviews with Lumet.

January 3, 2017 | Full Review…

[Lumet] had come to understand how some in Hollywood had ended up cooperating with investigators and giving them names. A characteristically blunt assessment of reality-a kind of which this portrait is full, as it is of warmth and wit.

December 29, 2016 | Full Review…

It's the kind of documentary that might serve as a perfect introduction to Lumet's work; when it's done, you want to watch all of these films immediately.

December 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It allows Lumet to remind us, in his own voice, of the passion in his ostensible dispassion - the way he deftly subsumed self-expression within the brisk rhythms of his material and the superb performances of his actors.

November 3, 2016 | Full Review…

The abundance of clips here are deftly chosen and play remarkably well out of context.

October 28, 2016 | Full Review…

It is beautifully constructed, not as a chronological biography of a directorial legend but as a thematic exploration of his work.

October 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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