Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sidney Lumet, an Homage

Sidney Lumet, film director extraordinaire, passed away last Saturday.  Along with the films of Joseph Sargent, his work had a profound effect on my thinking of what film should be and what my part could be within it as a provider of music cues.  His understanding of the tensions that run through American society struck me as unique.  Whether, racial, sexual, economic class, or gender, politics.  He was brilliant.  at weaving that through the world of the film and making you reflect on how we see the world.

I was always amazed at his ability to keep doing it so well into his 80s.  Directing is usually a young man's game.  I can hardly imagine doing a score at my age much less an entire film.

Even if you nothing about film, I'll bet you've been a fan of at least one of his films.

  • 12 Angry Men ('57)
  • The Fugitive Kind ('60)
  • John Brown's Raid ('60)
  • The Pawnbroker ('64) [Terry, where's my copy of this??]
  • Fail-Safe ('64)*
  • The Hill ('65)
  • The Deadly Affair ('66)*
  • King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis ('70)
  • The Anderson Tapes ('71)
  • The Offence ('72)
  • Serpico ('73)
  • Murder on the Orient Express ('74)
  • Dog Day Afternoon ('75)
  • Network ('76)
  • Prince of the City ('81)
  • Deathtrap ('82)
  • The Verdict ('82)
  • Daniel ('83)
  • Power ('86)
  • Running on Empty ('88)
  • Q&A ('90)
  • Night Falls on Manhattan ('96)
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead ('07)*

* Hellz Yeah!!

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