Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sidney Lumet; 1924-2011

            Pacino: “Is there any special country you want to go to?”
            Cazale: “…Wyoming.”
            -Dog Day Afternoon, 1975

            “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
            -Network, 1976

            Policemen, bank robbers, pundits, judges, jury, wizards, Manhattanites:
            Sidney Lumet evidently made such films about such characters not because they would change the world, or because they had any cultural significance, but because “…I like it and it’s a wonderful way to spend your life.”