Anybody who has seen the great American films and has a genuine inclination towards watching quality films is probably familiar with the name of Sidney Lumet. He was an American director, producer, and screenwriter of the Golden era of Hollywood. The films of Sidney Lumet enormously entertained film-goers and brimmed with a style which was remarkably his own. In the sense that he was the filmmaker who stood for idealism in cinema & communicated this consistently through his work. Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that he was one of the most-prolific directors of cinema, making more than one films a year. This was one of the remarkable aspects of Sidney Lumet, that he was able to work fast and under a controlled budget which made him extremely popular among the film professionals. Almost all of Lumet’s movies display his trademark characteristics of expert storytelling, innovative direction of actors and the social realism with which his movies resonated all the time. If you have watched the well-known films by Sidney Lumet, it is apparent that that they are mainly about isolated ordinary individuals and the conflict between love and reason will eventually prevail. He was a master of dividing his work in two categories; first being the idealistic problem pictures which talked about problems present in the society, and second the adaptation of plays and novels, as he himself came from a theatre background. Lumet was also one of those early directors who made a successful transition from TV to films and continued to find success in Hollywood. Often called as a true master of his craft, Sidney is fondly remembered by film aficionados all over the world.
, Enlighten Film Society hosted a special screening of three of Sidney Lumet‘s best films. They showed 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and Network and it was a great cinematic experience to watch one of cinema’s most-celebrated director’s work. These three films have found its way in our popular culture and are often enthusiastically talked about by film-lovers and film students alike. On the occasion of the Sidney Lumets retrospective held , it is the perfect opportunity to go back and visit this timeless classics.