Sidney Lumet

Biography: Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors — and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York — he made over 40 movies, often emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Born on June 25, 1924, in Philadelphia, the son of actor Baruch Lumet and dancer Eugenia Wermus Lumet. He played many roles on Broadway in the 1930s (such as Dead End), and his acting debut in films came in Dans une pauvre petite rue (1939). In 1947 he started an off-Broadway acting troupe that included such future stars as Yul Brynner and Eli Wallach, and other former members of Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio who had become unsatisfied with Strasberg’s concepts. Lumet made his stage directing debut in 1955. However, he had been directing television shows since 1950, beginning at CBS, and soon became regarded as an important TV director. He made his feature film directing debut with the critical and financial hit 12 Angry Men (1957), which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay, and is justly regarded as one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in film history.

He is known for directing such classic films as Serpico (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Wiz (1978), among others. In 1993 Lumet received the D.W. Griffith Award from the Directors Guild of America. He passed away on April 9, 2011 in New York City.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Wiz (2003 – Present).

CBS Television Workshop (1952);
Crime Photographer (1952);
Danger (1951-1953);
You Are There (1953-1955);
The Best of Broadway (1954-1955);
The Elgin Hour (1955);
Frontier (1955);
The United States Steel Hour (1955);
The Alcoa Hour (1956);
Goodyear Television Playhouse (1956);
12 Angry Men (1957);
Producers’ Showcase (1957);
Mr. Broadway (1957);
Studio One (1957);
The Seven Lively Arts (1957);
Omnibus (1957);
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (1958 – Sidney Lumet, George Schaefer);
Stage Struck (1958);
All the King’s Men (1958);
Kraft Television Theatre (1958);
The Dupont Show of the Month (1957-1958);
That Kind of Woman (1959);
The Fugitive Kind (1959);
Playhouse 90 (1960);
Sunday Showcase (1960);
John Brown’s Raid (1960);
The Iceman Cometh (1960);
Rashomon (1960);
Play of the Week (1960);
A View from the Bridge (1962);
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962);
The Pawnbroker (1964);
Fail-Safe (1964);
The Hill (1965);
The Group (1966);
The Deadly Affair (1966);
Bye Bye Braverman (1968);
The Sea Gull (1968);
The Appointment (1969);
Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970);
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (1970 – Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz);
The Anderson Tapes (1971);
The Offence (1972);
Child’s Play (1972);
Serpico (1973);
Lovin’ Molly (1974);
Murder on the Orient Express (1974);
Dog Day Afternoon (1975);
Network (1976);
Equus (1977);
The Wiz (1978);
Just Tell Me What You Want (1980);
Prince of the City (1981);
Deathtrap (1982);
The Verdict (1982);
Daniel (1983);
Garbo Talks (1984);
Power (1986);
The Morning After (1986);
Running on Empty (1988);
Family Business (1989);
Q & A (1990);
A Stranger Among Us (1992);
Guilty as Sin (1993);
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996);
Critical Care (1997);
Gloria (1999);
100 Centre Street (2001-2002);
Strip Search (2004);
Rachel, quand du seigneur (2004);
Find Me Guilty (2006);
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007).