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Sidney Lumet, director of over 40 American films, dies at age 86

posted 9 Apr 2011, 12:27 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 9 Apr 2011, 12:30 ]

"There's a certain world that I know very well, and that is that world. I know street life, I know police life. So it's a sound that I feel very comfortable with, very familiar with. When I have that kind of relationship to it, it's simply easier and faster because there aren't many writers who will know it as well as I do and I'll find myself saying 'Wait a minute, they don't say that.' Their language is different."

FIRST INDEPENDENT FILMS - Sidney Lumet, the American film director known for a variety of cinema classics, died on Saturday at age 86.

A prolific filmmaker, Lumet directed over 40 movies, including such well-known titles as "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Serpico," "Network," and "Fail-Safe," and worked in a variety of film genres.

Lumet often shot his movies in his native New York, and his films often explored the gritty reality of New York street life.

"There's a certain world that I know very well, and that is that world. I know street life, I know police life," said Lumet, when interviewed for a theatrical trailer for his 1996 movie "Night Falls on Manhattan."

In 2005, Lumet received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. He previously had been nominated for Oscars five times without winning. He was nominated for best director for "12 Angry Men" (1957), "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), "Network" (1976), and "The Verdict" (1982), and for best screenplay as co-writer of "Prince Of The City" (1981). Altogether, his films were nominated for more than 50 Oscars across various categories.

Lumet, who was born in Philadelphia on June 25, 1924, died of lymphoma at his home in Manhattan.

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